March 29, 2012

Stone Hurls No-Hitter as Tigers Stop Salisbury 2-0

Harley Stone may want to consider La Plata his new home-away-from-home. The senior pitcher was on the mound Monday night, and despite being more than an hour from his home park in Memphis, he led the "home" team to a 2-0 victory over Salisbury.

Due to the lengthy travel time between schools, the two districts agreed to play the game in a neutral site, with La Plata fitting the bill of approximately half way between both towns.

Stone looked right at home, despite struggling a bit with his control in the opening frame. He walked a pair of batters before striking out the side to end what proved to be Salisbury's only threat of the evening.

The Panthers batters never got a ball out of the infield, forcing the Tigers defenders to make just three put outs on the night. Stone handled the other 18 outs, recording a career-best 18 strikeouts.

Salisbury had just four base runners all night. Stone allowed a walk in the second inning before going on a stretch, retiring 13 straight batters before issuing a base on balls to open the seventh inning.

He went on to strike out the side to snuff out any chance of a rally and to secure the no hitter.

The Tigers needed the strong pitching performance as the bats were relatively silent.

Drew Miller doubled with one out in the bottom of the first and came in to score on an RBI single by Andrew Mathes to make it 1-0.

The Tigers had the bases loaded in both the third and fifth innings but could not force a run across.

Speedster Zach Miller manufactured a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. He bunted for a base hit and then stole second base. He advanced to third on a passed ball and came in to score on a ground out by Jacob Hull to push the lead to 2-0.

D. Miller, Mathes and Cordie Kigar each finished the game 1-3 at the plate. Brice Cowell was 1-2 and Z. Miller was 1-1.

Scotland County improved to 2-0 on the season with the win.

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