Smith throws 1-hitter, loses 1-0 to Elcho
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Gillett/Suring junior pitcher Cody Smith struck out 16 batters and allowed just one hit in a complete-game effort, but the Hornets lost to Elcho, 1-0, Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader.
Mac Morrison scored the game’s only run, in the sixth inning, on Jacob Eighmy’s double to center field after reaching base on Smith’s second walk of the game. Smith then got out of the jam by getting Hunter Novak to fly to right field.
After walking the first batter in the seventh inning, Smith recorded three consecutive strikeouts.
“First full outing, he looked good out there,” Gillett/Suring head coach Pat Nelson said.
Gillett/Suring threatened in the seventh inning when Tyler McDougal reached on a two-base error, but then Elcho switched pitchers, replacing Novak with Jack Lazers.
Lazers threw a wild pitch, moving McDougal to third base, but then struck out the next three batters to secure the shutout.
“It’s the first time in that situation,” Elcho head coach Brandon Sharpe said. “He was excited to be on the mound when I brought him out there, so it shows that confidence, wanting to be in that situation, and that’s what I want out of my players.”
The Hornets also stranded a runner at third in the fourth inning. Lane Hischke singled and advanced on two errors before being picked off by Novak.
To open the sixth inning, Smith reached first on an error but was thrown out trying to advance to second base.
“That cost us,” Nelson said of the base running miscues.
Smith and Lane Hischke accounted for three of the team’s four hits.
McDougal, the team’s No. 6 hitter, reached base twice, once on an infield single and another on an error. Outside of that, Gillett/Suring (0-2) struck out 12 times in the game.
“We just need the bottom half of the order to put the bat on the ball,” Nelson said.
Elcho (1-0) had just five batters reach base, and Eighmy was the only player to record a hit.
Smith struck out eight of the first 11 batters he faced.
“We got a little more confident in our at-bats, and that made a big difference,” Sharpe said. “You start to see it, you get a little confidence, and our hitters started showing up, making contact.”
The Hornets return to action Thursday in Niagara to open Marinette & Oconto Conference play.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Elcho 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 3
Gillett/Suring 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1