Jonathan Boone pitches a one-hit shutout against Armorel at Cooter on Wednesday [Order this photo]
Cooter took on the Armorel Tigers at Cooter and Boone pitched a one-hit shutout in the five inning game. Armorel pitcher Austin Nichols had the Wildcats shutdown for most of the game until Boone got a rally started in the bottom of the fourth. The rally put Cooter on top and gave them the game by a score of 3-0. The win also improved Cooter's record to 3-0.
Boone and Nicholson of were dominant on the mound by keeping both offenses at bay for most of the game.
Boone's weapon was the strikeout (eight in five innings) while Nicholson kept Cooter off balance by getting a lot of ground balls.
"He did a good job of changing speeds and hitting his spots," said Cooter coach Allen Crawford. "We were over swinging the first time around. The second time through the order we cut our swings down and started to put the ball in play."
Cooter had their first scoring chance of the day in the bottom of the third when Patrick Ward hit a line drive double to left with two outs. Ward then advanced to third on a wild pitch, but Nicholson was able to get a strikeout for Armorel to end the threat. In the next half inning, Boone kept rolling by getting a ground out and two strikeouts to keep the score knotted at zero.
With the game scheduled for only five innings, Cooter made a push in the fourth with the batting order turning over.
Boone came to bat in the bottom of the fourth and got things started by doubling to left with one out.
Logan Edwards came up next and put Cooter on the board by driving Boone home on a single to left (1-0). Edwards made it to second base on the play and came around to score on a Jordan Anderson double to left (2-0). Dustin Franklin followed Anderson with a single to left. Franklin's single scored Anderson to make the score 3-0.
The Wildcats had a chance to plate a few more runs in the inning but the wind didn't cooperate. With the wind gusting up to 20 mph, Patrick Ward came up with two men on. Ward smoked a line drive to dead center, but the wind eventually knocked down the hard hit ball to end the inning.
"On a normal day that ball would have went 380 or 390 feet," Crawford said. "It was a line drive right into the teeth of that wind. It was the hardest ball hit all day and it was an out."
Boone closed out the game in the top of the fifth by getting two strikeouts and a ground out.