While most teams in the area found Tuesday’s weather conditions less than favorable for baseball, Waccamaw’s Karl Strittmatter seemed to be right at home.
The pitcher notched his first career no-hitter, striking out 10 and walking two in the Warriors’ 13-0 victory over Mullins.
“He’s an up-and-coming pitcher for us,” said Waccamaw baseball coach Jeff Gregory. “This one moves him to 2-1 on the year, and it makes you feel good to get a win like this as we get closer to the end of the season and the playoffs.”
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Mullins had trouble catching up to Strittmatter’s fast ball, a pitch which the Warriors coach said he threw with marked frequency.
“I’d say he threw 68 percent fast balls (Tuesday night),” Gregory said. “He threw a few sliders as well, but mainly he did a good job of pounding the zone.”
Strittmatter’s teammates doing their job in the batter’s box certainly played a role as well.
Daniel Rourke was 2-for-3 with an inside home run and two RBIs, while Reed Edwards also went 2-for-3 on the night with a double and a pair of runs batted in.
“Giving him offensive support certainly allowed him to pin his ears back and just focus on the next batter,” Gregory said.
More importantly, Strittmatter’s effort comes at a time in which Waccamaw is jockeying for playoff position in the always competitive Region VIII-AA.
Games against Marion and Loris are next on the docket, followed by a non-region matchup with Andrews for senior night and a journey to league leader Aynor to put a bow on the regular season.
“We’re trying to keep getting better every day and see where it takes us,” Gregory said.
▪ W: Carl Strittmatter L: Jake Atkinson Top hitters: WAC: Daniel Rourke 2 for 3, HR, 2 RBIs; Reed Edwards, 2 for 3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Luke Montenery 1 for 2, 2 R, RBI.
▪ Records: WAC 13-7 (5-2).
▪ St. James 7, (at) Georgetown 3 | The Sharks rallied in the middle innings to top the Bulldogs.
▪ W: Anthony Peck. L: Josh Jones. Top hitters: . St. James: Jordan Fields 3-4, 2 runs; Grayson Stoneking 2-4, RBI, run. Georgetown: Drew Williams 1-1, RBI, run.
(At) Carolina Forest 5, Sumter 1: Amber Rutledge scored a pair of goals to lead the Panthers to a win.
▪ Goals: Amber Rutledge 2, Christina Neideregger 1, Katelyn Perry 1, Haley Trunkett 1.
▪ Assists: Janelle Rutledge 1, Abbie McCoy 1, Kirsten Mann 1, Niederegger 1.