Walter J. Baird pitchers had a no-hitter going until the sixth inning of an 11-2 win over visiting DeKalb County on Tuesday.
A.J. Fletcher pitched four hitless innings, striking out seven and walking four. Coach Tim Chappel has his pitchers on a 65-pitch limit in the early going and pulled Fletcher after he had thrown 62.
Eli McDearman threw the final three innings for the save, striking out three and walking two. He allowed DeKalb’s lone hit, a two-run single, in the sixth, before wrapping up Baird’s fifth win against a loss and a tie.
Fletcher and Dylan Alsup each drove in two runs on three hits while Peyton Flatt had an RBI and a hit. Brady Chappel had an RBI without a hit. McDearman and Ethan Anderson each had a hit and scored twice. Alsup also crossed the plate twice.
Baird is off until the Blackman Tournament on March 21-23.
Bad inning results in first Saints loss
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet Christian’s middle school baseball team suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday night in a 7-3 home setback to Middle Tennessee Christian.
The Saints led 3-2 through four innings before three errors in the fifth opened the door for three Cougars to cross the plate as the home team fell to 2-1.
Dawson Perry started on the mound for Mt. Juliet Christian before Alex Pitman finished.
“It’s difficult to take a loss that you just felt like you had the momentum to win,” Mt. Juliet Christian coach Mike Kittrell said. “You can’t make errors against a good team and hold out.
“Our guys will be ready to bounce back. This one is tough, though.”
Mt. Juliet Christian will play host to Station Camp at 10 a.m. Saturday