SHACKLE ISLAND — Three pitchers combined to shut out the Beech Buccaneers Tuesday afternoon at Buccaneer Park as the Hendersonville Commandos downed their city-rival, 1-0.
Freshman left-hander Lake Morris got the start, throwing 51 pitches in three innings, surrendering only one hit while striking out three.
Theron Lee (3 IP), and Cole Nycz (1 IP) closed out the final four innings with seven strikeouts and scattered three hits.
“That’s a big win for us,” Hendersonville skipper Mike Hendrix said. “For us to throw a freshman out there and follow up with two sophomores; that’s a big win. Nothing comes easy in these games, but maybe this will give us some momentum going into the tournament knowing they can compete — all we need is a chance.”
Beech trotted out four pitchers during the seven inning game as Chase Burns got the nod to start.
Burns, Luke Sinnard and Zach McWilliams all threw 30 pitches for the Bucs, striking out a combined 13 batters in 5 1/3 innings.
In total, Beech sat down 16 Commando batters, surrendering just one run and one hit in the game.
Tied 0-0 in the top of the sixth inning with first and third, Zach Zimmerle scored on a passed ball for the only run of the game.
Defensively, the Commandos made the plays necessary in the field and on the mound to keep the Bucs from scoring any time they had runners in scoring position.
“During our losing streak, we weren’t pitching, catching, or hitting the ball, and if you don/t do that, you will not win — we did a good job of those things today.”
Hendersonville will close out the regular season on May 5 against Rossview while the Bucs head into day one of the district tournament awaiting their first round opponent, which is still to be determined.