That was the only blemish as the senior southpaw no-hit the Lyons May 4 at the Complex, facing just one batter over the minimum in picking up his third win of the season. Wadlington lowered his ERA from 4.50 to 3.27 as a result of the no-no. It’s the first seven inning no hitter thrown by a Wildcat pitcher in recent memory.
Wadlington struck out a season-high eight batters and only issued the one free pass. He also got solid defense behind him as the Wildcats played error-free baseball.
The performance proved crucial for the Wildcats, who had lost to the Lyons 10-0 in the first game of the doubleheader.
Wadlington also helped himself at the plate, getting two hits and scoring twice. His first inning RBI double plated J.R. Davis. Jordan McNichols later added a run-scoring single as the Wildcats jumped ahead 3-0.
The Wildcats added four more runs in the second inning off losing pitcher Andy Southard.
Davis singled in two runs as part of his three-hit day, and McNichols scored two runs with a single to end the scoring.
The Wildcats had 12 hits in the game. In addition to Davis’ three hits, Wadlington, McNichols, and Josh Cain each had two hits.
Lyon County 10
Trigg County 0
Lyon County’s Ben Choat handcuffed Trigg in the opener, handing the Wildcats only their second shutout loss of the season.
Choat limited the Wildcats to four hits, with three of those coming in the fifth inning but was able to pitch out of trouble to preserve the shutout. Choat also added a home run and double at the plate for the Lyons, who had ten hits and took advantage of four Wildcat errors.
Lyon County (2-14) snapped a ten-game losing streak by scoring three runs in the both the second and third innings and then added two runs in the fourth and fifth before the mercy rule kicked in.
Jordan McNichols had two of Trigg’s four hits.
Trigg County 11
Crittenden County 2
The Wildcats banged out 14 hits and got a strong pitching performance from Jared Joiner in running the district record to 4-3 on the season with the 11-2 win May 6 at Marion.
Joiner pitched six strong innings to notch his first win of the season, giving up just six hits and two runs in six innings. He struck out five and walked four.
At the plate, six different Wildcats had at least two hits and four scored at least two runs.
Trigg County jumped ahead with two runs in the first inning on a wild pitch and RBI single by Ben Wadlington.
J.R. Davis led off the third inning with a triple and scored on Wadlington’s sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead. Justin Butts followed with a double, and Kyle Allen and Jordan McNichols added run-scoring singles for a 5-1 lead.
Butts added another RBI double in the fourth, and Allen plated him with an RBI single for an 8-1 lead.
Davis had three hits to pace the Wildcat offense, while Josh Cain, Wadlington, Butts, Allen, and McNichols each had two hits.
Trigg County has won eight straight games against Crittenden County dating back to the 2000 baseball season.