HENDERSONVILLE — Hendersonville senior hurler and Belmont signee Jordan Zuger lit up the
Gallatin starting lineup Tuesday night, fanning 16 Green Wave batters while giving up just three hits and one earned run in 6 1/3 innings pitched.
The outing secured a 7-1 win for the Commandos to improve HHS to 12-3 on the young season while dropping Gallatin to 9-3.
Zuger used a healthy selection of pitches, staying ahead of the count to ensure the most success on the mound.
“Once I can get ahead in the count, I can start messing with Gallatin’s timing,” Zuger said. “Behind the plate, Gabe caught an amazing game with the frames. The defense worked tonight, our bats worked tonight, and that relieves all the stress and I can just go out there and throw.”
Hendersonville skipper Mike Hendrix was impressed with his senior’s outing but has grown to expect that output from No. 24.
“When you go 6 1/3 with 16 strikeouts I say you had a good night,” Hendrix said with a smile. “He kept us in the game, kept us going and he has done that all year.”
Neither team got much going the first three innings of the game, collecting sporadic hits hit and there, but never strung together enough hits to plate runs.
However, that all changed in the fourth inning.
With runners on first and third, Gabe Epperson singled to right field to score Joe Dalton for the 1-0 lead. Zach Zimmerle singled to center plating Spencer Garner for the 2-0 advantage.
Clinging to a 2-0 lead, Hendersonville exploded in the fourth inning for five runs with two outs as Kaden Wilks, Lake Morris, Zimmerle, Torin Baker and Carson Rodden all scored for the 7-0 lead.
Jake Thompson scored the only run of the game for the Gallatin, touching home plate in the top of the seventh inning on a fielder’s choice out at first base.
“We picked it up late, made some adjustments and tried to take some things away from Gallatin, but we are asking too much of our pitchers right now,” Hendrix said.
Hendrix also noted Tuesday night’s contest was the best the defense has looked maybe all season.
“We played better defensively tonight; I was real proud to see our shortstop to come up and get two big hits tonight, Rodden did a good job, Zimmerle; Joe has been clutch all year. We got timely hits tonight.”
Gallatin skipper Mark Wilson placed the loss on his shoulders Tuesday night but gave props to Zuger’s performance on the mound.
“Jordan deserves everything he gets after graduation from Hendersonville,” Wilson said. “He is a fantastic pitcher, one of the best in our district.”
Wilson added on the loss:
“Hendersonville was by far better than us tonight, but we did not take advantage of our opportunities,” he said.
12-3 on the season, Hendersonville feels good as they go into the Sycamore tournament Friday and Saturday.
“It’s a good win tonight against Gallatin,” Hendrix said. “I’ve been on them because I wasn’t sure if we have a good win tonight, but Gallatin is a pretty good team and we finally beat someone good right now.”