By Tim Taylor
Chase King threw five innings of no-hit ball on Friday, and Charleston Middle dominated Casey-Westfield with a barrage of 18 hits and seven stolen bases for a 11-0 victory.
“I’m excited,” said King. “I feel like I could have done a little better — not have as many as walks.”
King issued two walks and struck out seven.
The CMS offense started out slowly. In the first inning, both Rohan Walters and Alex Matheny had singles. In the top of the second, Wyatt Gordon had a single, and Russell Applegate walked. All of those runners were left on base.
In the top of the third, Walters started out the inning with a single to right. King, Matheny, and Blake Moore followed with consecutive singles, which scored King. After Moore stole second, Gordon ripped a double to left field and drove in two runs.
Brady Collins singled to center and advanced to second on a throwing error, and Collins scored after Applegate singled to left field.
In the fourth, the Trojans tacked on another run. King busted down the line to earn an infield single, and Moore brought him home after King stole second and advanced to third after Matheny grounded out.
In the top of the fifth, Collins singled to right center, and both Quinn Taylor and Applegate played small ball. Taylor laid down a bunt single that stayed just clear of the third base line and Applegate bunted for a single right after.
Ty Helton singled with the bases loaded to score Collins, and after Walters popped out and King struck out, CMS mounted a two-out rally. Matheny singled home Applegate, and Helton came home on an error by the center fielder. Moore then doubled to deep left center, scoring Matheny.
King closed the game by inducing an infield popup and striking out the final two batters.
Matheny went 3-for-4, scoring two runs and collecting two RBI while Moore went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Wyatt drove in two runs on to hits.