Horton leads Eagles with no-hitter
Total opposites took the mound Monday in Lanesville ‘ a West Washington team that couldn’t throw strikes, and Lanesville’s Walker Horton, who didn’t have much of a problem.
Horton, a junior, tossed a five-inning no-hitter against the visiting Senators, lifting Lanesville to a 17-0 win for its second win of the year.
On the hill, Horton struck out six while walking two. He also had the help of his defense, including two double plays ignited by short stop John Kissel.
‘He’s one of the pitchers I need to eat innings,’ Lanesville coach Sean Smith said. ‘He threw 58 pitches in five innings. It was a great job by him overall.’
Horton was aided by a tough third inning on the mound from West Washington. In the inning, a trio of Senator pitchers walked six batters and hit two others, eventually leading to 10 Eagle runs. West Washington issued a total of 13 walks in the game.
‘We have a new mindset this year,’ Smith said of the composure at the plate. ‘We showed good patience at the plate, making their pitcher throw strikes. But we’ve got a ways to go; it’s still early.’
The Eagles did manage 10 hits around the walks. Jordan Sizemore, Cameron Teeter, Kenton Acton, Collin McCulloch and Jarrett Beach each drove in two runs.
‘Based on two games, so far so good,’ Smith said. ‘We’re not there yet, but we are about to face good pitching soon.’
A tough road awaits the rest of the week. The Eagles host Christian Academy tomorrow (Thursday), then host North Harrison in a make-up game Friday. On Saturday, they hit the road to square off against Corydon Central at 11 a.m. for a double-header.
‘This week is going to tell us who can do what for the team,’ Smith said. ‘We’re going to pitch what we’ve got and see what we have.’