“It was definitely a pitcher’s dual,” said CHHS coach Mick Harper. “It was a great performance by two really solid pitchers.”
Sattenfield wasted little time picking up his first complete game victory, improving Chapel Hill’s perfect 2013 record to 5-0. Sattenfield allowed only one earned run off of five hits over his seven innings of work. He struck out seven Hornet hitters and walked two.
“The field was sloppy and muddy but Sattenfield stayed in command even when we made mistakes behind him,” Harper said. “He got the strikeouts when we needed them and he was the No. 1 key factor in this game.”
Harper also gave great praise to catcher Mason Tritt. Tritt did a good job keeping the ball in front of him all night and also caught three would be base stealers and picked another runner off first.
Hiram got nearly as strong of a performance out of their pitcher, Blake Cairnes. Cairnes also completed the game, allowing six hits and one earned runs. He struck out nine and walked three.
All five runs of the game were scored in the fourth inning. Chapel HIll pushed three runs across the plate in the top of the fourth and the Hornets followed with two runs in the bottom of the inning.
Ryan Moffett led off the top of the fourth with a single to center. Brandon Whiteford doubled, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Tritt then reached on an error by the shortstop, scoring Moffett and advancing Whiteford to third. Triston Leggett was brought in as a courtesy runner for Tritt.
After strikeouts by Eric Lloyd and Jason Phillips, Jason Rodriquez stepped to the plate and sent a line drive to right field. The ball was misplayed by the fielder, allowing Whiteford and Leggett to score for a Panther 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Hiram’s Trevor Brown reached first on an infield single and L. Davis singled to right, putting runners on first and third with no outs. Cairnes grounded out to second, advancing both runners up a base. Jordan Lester then reached on an error, scoring Brown and advancing Davis to third. Lester was then picked off at first, but Davis scored on the play. Sattenfield managed to get out of the inning without further damage for a 3-2 Chapel Hill lead.
Sattenfield faced three batters in the fifth, five in the sixth, and five in the seventh, holding on for the one run victory.
Moffett, Lloyd and Whiteford led the CHHS offense with two hits apiece. Whiteford had the only multi-base hit on the evening. Whiteford hit the ball solid, and drew an intentional walk late in the game.
“It was great to get him back in the lineup,” said Harper. Whiteford had missed the previous three games for personal reasons.
Gaines led Hiram with a 2-for-2 performance at the plate.