Note: This story was updated at 10 p.m. May 21.
GIBBSâ€”Oak Ridge baseball head coach Mark Garrison had to give credit where credit was due.
The Wildcats fell victim to a dominating pitching performance by Powellâ€™s Peyton Alford, who struck out 14 Oak Ridge batters and finished the game with a no-hitter in the Panthersâ€™ 3-0 victory on Friday.
â€œHeâ€™s always good and I think that he was extra good today,â€ Garrison said. â€œHe had a lot of days of rest, about five or six days. We did everything we could do.Â (Oak Ridge senior)Â Spencer Wilson did a great job even though he scattered 10 hits. We played great defense, and he kept us in the game. Thatâ€™s what Spencer does. We just didnâ€™t have an answer for Alford. He was very, very good.â€
It was the District 3-AAA tournament opener, played at Gibbs High School.
Aside from an error, the Wildcats did in fact play solid defense and the pitching of Wilsonâ€”who recently tied the schoolâ€™s record for most wins in a seasonâ€”prevented Powell from taking a substantial lead. [Read more…]