Joseph Lowder pitched another stellar performance in his second start of the year, this time a no-hitter against the visiting Avery Vikings on Tuesday.
Lowder pitched six innings and struck out 14 Vikings as the Huskies cruised to a 10-0 mercy rule win. This was Lowder’s second victory of the young season.
Ashe scored two runs in the first inning, one scoring on a passed ball and the other scoring on a sacrifice fly by Lowder.
In the third inning, Ashe moved ahead 3-0 when Matthew Hamilton scooted home on another passed ball by the Avery catcher.
Ashe blew the game wide open in the bottom half of the fifth.
Joe Richardson started the inning by reaching second base on an error by the Viking third baseman. Catcher Bradley Richie lined out to right field, but Richardson tagged up and advanced to third. After Hunter Barnes walked and stole second, senior third baseman Alex Laws singled to center to bring home Richardson.
Barnes scored on a wild pitch after stealing third base to put Ashe in front, 5-0.
Ashe scored two more on a pair of Avery errors to move ahead, 7-0.
In the top of the sixth, Laws made a stellar play on a slow-rolling bunt to third to get the final out of the inning and preserve the no-hitter.
Ashe ended the game in the bottom half with Sean Baker scoring on a wild pitch, Richie scoring on an error and Barnes scoring on a fielder’s choice to invoke the 10-run mercy rule.
Richie led Ashe with two hits. Laws, Lowder, Richardson and Evan Walker each recorded one hit. Hamilton, Richardson and Barnes accounted for two runs apiece and Carter Calhoun scored one as a courtesy runner.
The Huskies are now 2-1 overall. With Wednesday’s game at Hibriten being canceled, Ashe will have the rest of the week off before playing at Alleghany on Tuesday for the conference opener.
*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @NathanHam87