E.A. Sports Today

Chatman makes it happen

Junior right-hander gives White Plains a boost with no-hitter in first varsity start, first game on mound since eighth grade
Friday’s scores
Glencoe 3, Pleasant Valley 2
Ohatchee 7, Saks 6
Oxford 11, Spring Garden 1
Piedmont 14, Jacksonville 3
White Plains 12, Weaver 2
By East Alabama Sports Today
Wes Henderson knew his White Plains baseball team was in serious need of an early-season boost. Jaden Chatman was there to answer the call.
Making his first varsity start on the mound and pitching for the first time since eighth grade, Chatman fashioned a six-inning no-hitter as the Wildcats turned back Weaver 12-2.
“We needed someone to step up in the worst way tonight and he did just that,” Henderson said. “He wanted the ball. He wanted that responsibility to make something positive happen for us.”
Chatman, junior right-hander, was a little shaky early, giving up a run in the first, but kept the Bearcats off the board again until the sixth despite walking eight. All three of his strikeouts ended innings with Weaver having runners in scoring position. He threw 99 pitches.
“It was pretty cool,” Chatman said. “I pitched a lot when I was younger in travel ball and through middle school, but I haven’t pitched since eighth grade.
“Coach Hendu has been talking a lot about how we needed people to step up this year and I knew he was kind of talking to me. I was excited when he told me I was going to be pitching today. I just wanted to go out there and throw strikes.
“I knew I pitched a good game, but I didn’t think anything about a no-hitter until Coleman (Messer) mentioned it after the game and then Coach Hendu texted me after the game and told me congratulations.”
The Wildcats built him a 5-1 lead through five inning then broke it open with seven in the sixth. Carson Wright doubled home the first run of the inning, Logan Knight and Ben Rouse, Carson Tyree had RBI singles, Messer and Rico Aguirre drew a bases-loaded walks and a run scored on a wild pitch.
Knight and Rouse both had three hits. Chatman and Tyler Daniel each had two. Messer had three RBIs.
White Plains        013 017 – 12 15 3
Weaver                 100 001 – 2   3   0
WP: Chatman. LP: Smith.
Ohatchee 7, Saks 6: The Indians tied the game with three in the third, took the lead with four in the fourth, then held their breath as Saks rallied and ended the game by cutting the tying run at the plate trying to score on a passed ball.
Blake Ogle’s two-run homer and Aiden Simpson’s RBI single tied the game in the third. Ogle singled home the go-ahead run in the fourth, followed by Cade Williamson’s RBI double and Matthew Hollis’ two-run single. Ogle had three hits and three RBIs, Hollis went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Williamson had two doubles.
The Wildcats, who had scored 44 runs in their first three games, came back. They made it 7-5 in the fifth and scored one in the seventh before ending the game on a play at the plate. Mason Jairrels went 3-for-4, Connor Martin had two hits and Kyle Goedde had two RBIs.
Ohatchee              003 400 0 – 7 11 0
Saks                        030 020 1 – 6 7 1
WP: Champion. LP: McLeod.
Piedmont 14, Jacksonville 3: Brant Deerman and starting pitcher Jack Hayes both had two hits and four RBIs as the Bulldogs picked up another in-county victory that should enhance its position in Sunday’s county tournament seeding meeting.
The Bulldogs scored 11 runs in the first three innings. Hayes’ two-run single highlighted a five-run second inning and Austin Estes’ two-run single highlighted a four-run third. Deerman had a two-run double in the sixth. Sean Smith also had two RBIs in the game.
Luke Jackson had two of Jacksonville’s three hits.
Piedmont              254 003 – 14 12 4
Jacksonville          200 100 – 3   3   2
WP: Hayes. LP: Salman.
Glencoe 3, Pleasant Valley 2: The Raiders pushed two runs across in the seventh to get within one, but left the tying run stranded at second. PV scored its first run of the inning on a passed ball and Jackson Almaroad doubled with two outs to plate Brody Phillips, but Carson Naylor closed the game for Luke Simmons by striking out the only batter he faced.
Glencoe                000 102 0 – 3 6 3
Pleasant Valley   000 000 2 – 2 5 1
WP: Simmons. LP: Parris.
Oxford 11, Spring Garden 1: The Yellow Jackets led 4-1 after four innings, then broke it open with a seven-run fifth, highlighted by Trey Mooney’s three-run double and Dawson Winningham’s two-run double. Wesley Sparks pitched a five-inning four-hitter with seven strikeouts. Mooney and Landon Howell both drove in three runs
Spring Garden    000 10 – 1 4 1
Oxford                  301 07 – 11 4 3
WP: Sparks. LP: Gowers.

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