Twice on Friday, North Hall left fielder Lincoln Hewett made a defensive play that was nothing short on spectacular.
In addition to a put out on a fly ball and throw out at the plate in the second inning, Hewett made a stellar diving catch in the third as part of a 15-0 win against White County at Jody Davis Field.
“Making plays like that on defense can sometimes feel better than a home run,” said Hewett, who added two run-scoring hits.
In a three-inning outing, Trojans (9-4, 3-1 Region 8-AAAA) starter Aaron Miles threw a no-hitter and picked up a pair of strikeouts. North Hall pounded out seven runs in both the second and third innings, thanks in large part to eight hits with two strikes in the count.
In Wednesday’s 3-2 win against the Warriors in Cleveland, the Trojans had 11 strikeouts.
“That’s something major that we stress is two-strike hitting,” North Hall coach Trent Mongero said.
North Hall set up the big hits with four walks to load the bases, three of those in the second inning.
The second-inning barrage started with Drew Coker reaching on a walk to load the bases, after fouling off five pitches with a pair of strikes in the count.
Matthew Cox then drew a walk to bring home a run. After that, Hewett reached out and floated an RBI single into shallow center field with two strikes in the count. Taber Mongero and Micah Strickland also scored on passed balls in the second for the Trojans.
With the bases loaded in the third, Hewett drilled a double out to the right field wall, scoring Taber Mongero and Strickland. Corbin Lewallen, Fowler Brooks, Miles and Maddux Dill all singled to bring the game to a halt with the mercy rule in the bottom of the third inning.
Lewallen drove in North Hall’s first run of the game on an RBI double, scoring Taber Mongero, who reached on an infield error.
Even with the run production, it was Hewett’s plays in the outfield that highlighted the night.
In the second inning, Hewett took an extra step back and was coming forward to make a catch on a fly ball for the second out at medium depth, then thew a perfect one-hopper to the plate for the catcher Brooks to tag out the White County (3-9, 1-3) runner sliding head first into the plate.
As amazing as Hewett’s defensive play was in the second inning, he did one better in the third inning. Shaded more toward center field before the ball was hit, by his own account, Hewett was charging hard to his left as soon as the ball came off a White County player’s bat and made a miraculous diving catch.
“That was three outstanding plays tonight by Lincoln,” Trent Mongero said.
The only jam Miles had to pitch out of came in the first inning when White County stranded a runner at third base. Miles recorded a strikeout of the White County hitter swinging to keep the game scoreless through the top half of the inning.
North Hall had run-scoring hits from seven different players. In addition to applying the tag at the plate on Hewett’s throw, Brooks had a leadoff double in the second inning.
Strickland drove in a pair of runs in the second with a nice piece of two-strike hitting. He hit a fly ball to the outfield wall. White County’s left fielder jumped and made contact with the ball before it could hit the top of the wall but lost possession before he came to the ground, bringing home two runs.
North Hall begins its two-game series with a game at Monroe Area at 5:55 p.m. Monday. White County visits Madison County at 5:55 p.m. Monday in Danielsville.