Watson Chapel Wildcats junior Gabe Starks pitched a complete game, and recorded a no-hitter against the White Hall Bulldogs on Tuesday.
Behind Starks performance on the mound, the Wildcats recorded eight hits that propelled them to a 6-2 win over White Hall in game one of a doubleheader. White Hall came back to take the second game by an identical score.
For White Hall, Zach Motsinger started on the mound and pitched five innings. Through five, Motsinger collected seven strikeouts, but gave up six hits that manufactured four runs.
In the first, Wildcats junior Kevin Compton singled on a ground ball to left field. Starks then hit a ground ball that allowed him to reach 1st on an error, advancing Compton to 3rd. Junior Randy Little Jr. recorded the first RBI of the game on a double to left field that scored Compton. Senior Trent Goodman grounded out, but pinch runner sophomore Devin Mitchell scored from 3rd to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead after the top of the 1st.
Starks retired eight of the first nine batters he faced, allowing only a walk.
In the top of the third, Goodman recorded a RBI single t to left field as Mitchell scored his second run of the game. After Starks shut down the side again, Compton added to the Wildcats lead in the top of the fourth on a RBI single, allowing sophomore Andrew Crossett to come home.
Neither team was able to score for the next two innings before Chapel added to their total in the top of the seventh as Starks slammed a triple with no outs.
In a relief role, White Hall senior pitcher Jon Johnson struck the next batter out before getting relieved himself by senior Woody Raines. Mitchell was inserted as a pinch runner for Starks, and he scored the fifth run of the game for the Wildcats on a wild pitch.
Watson Chapel Sophomore Jaxson Anderson recorded the final RBI on a single out to left field that allowed pinch runner sophomore Zion HIll to score from third.
The Bulldogs attempted a rally in the bottom of the seventh. They scored two runs, as a couple Bulldogs reached on a walk and a passed ball. However, Starks didn’t surrender a hit and the defense behind him put the game away.
In the second game,White Hall scored four runs in the final two innings to top Watson Chapel 6-2.
The game was tied at two heading into the bottom of the sixth when White Hall scored three runs to take control including a RBI single on a 3-2 count by senior Jay Seale.
Chapel outhit White Hall 9-7 in the losing effort.
White Hall knotted the game up at two in the top of the fifth inning when an error scored one run for the Bulldogs.
Bulldogs senior Jon Johnson was on the mound for White Hall. He lasted six innings, allowing eight hits and two runs while striking out five and walking zero.
Wildcats junior Randy Little Jr. started the game for Watson Chapel. He went five and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out six. Wildcats senior Trent Goodman threw one and one-third innings in relief.
Watson Chapel collected nine hits on the day. Junior Gabe Starks, Little, junior Kevin Compton, and senior Daniel Koonce all managed multiple hits for the Wildcats. Koonce, Compton, Little, and Starks all had two hits to lead Watson Chapel.
White Hall racked upup seven hits in the game. Seniors Zack Motsinger and Seale both collected multiple hits for White Hall. Motsinger led White Hall with three hits in three at bats.