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.