Greene no-hits Newton-Conover
by Gerrit Van Genderen
Watauga's Adam Greene threw a no-hitter at Newton-Conover in the Pioneers' 1-0 victory over the Red Devils in five innings in the second game of a doubleheader Friday.
All of the games in the summer season are scheduled for five innings. Newton-Conover won the first game 3-1 Friday.
Greene struck out seven batters over the five-inning game, three of which came in the top of the third inning as he struck out the side.
Greene said his breaking ball was working well and that the Newton-Conover batters could not catch up to his fastball. It was the first time Greene had pitched for Watauga since his sophomore year in 2013.
"I've thrown a couple times in intersquads and then I threw the bullpen before the game, that's about it," Greene said.
Greene said the no-hitter was in the back of his mind throughout the game, but that his main focus was the walks that he issued. Greene walked three and hit one batter with a pitch.
"It sort of sank in at the end, but I wasn't really thinking about it throughout the game," Greene said. "It felt really good to be back on the mound."
Greene's run support came in one swing of the bat by the Pioneer's extra hitter, Hunter Isaacs, who roped an inside-the-park home run into the right-field gap. The line drive was just missed by a diving attempt from Red Devils right fielder, Dylan Miller.
"It was a fastball outside and I just went with the pitch," Isaacs said. "I hadn't been hitting all night, so I decided to pick it up a bit, I guess."
Despite taking the loss, Red Devils pitcher Alex Menser was effective throughout the game. He struck out four and only allowed one hit other than Isaacs' home run.
Watauga coach Pete Hardee said that he was disappointed with the way his team hit the ball, but that it was a different kind of pitching that they had to face.
"We had to stay back and really work, but you take what you can get and we came out here and won," Hardee said.
Hardee also commented on Pioneer second baseman Levi Wilcox, who left the game in the fourth inning after hearing a pop in his elbow after an attempted double play.