By Tim Chambers
Jerry Reed once sang when you’re hot, you’re hot — and when you’re not, you’re not. It continues to be “not” for the Highlanders.
North Greene shutout Cloudland 11-0 on Tuesday afternoon in Roan Mountain. The Highlanders didn’t get a base hit until the final inning.
“We had three players out, so I think we did OK considering we only had one sub,” said coach Dan Winters, who was filling in for the absent Kevin Kendall. “I thought we held them off pretty good. The first time they beat us 19-2, but the first three innings today we played great. We finished strong that last inning when we brought Brett Hyden in to pitch. We just couldn’t get our bats going and score any runs.”
North Greene went up 2-0 after one inning of play and never looked back.
Run-scoring base hits by Ethan Dotson and Brett Bolton got them off to the races. Their lead grew at 5-0 in the second stanza.
Zack Britton’s base hit allowed one run to score while two more made it home due to a couple of Highlander miscues.
A two-run double by Britton highlighted North Greene’s five-run outburst in the fourth inning.
Colby Gwyn’s singe in the fifth was the only base hit in the game by the Highlanders.
Adam Kirk pitched a no-hitter over four innings to get the win. Zack Potter tossed the final inning for the Huskies.
Tyler Shell threw four innings for the Highlanders before giving way to Brett Hyden in the fifth. The Huskies had 11 hits in the game.
Zane Britton, Bolton, Zack Britton, Kirt and Dotson had two hits apiece for the Huskies.
Winters was optimistic after the contest.
“I honestly believe the if we can get the bats going and start hitting the baseball then you’ll see things change,” added Winters. “We just need some confidence at the plate and we’ve not got that right now.”
North Greene 231 50 — 11 11 1
Cloudland 000 00 — 0 1 2
Kirk, Potter (5) and Bolton. Shell, Hyden (5) and Harrison. W—Kirk. L—Shell.