VANCEBURG — Question: What four-game Lewis County losing streak?
Answer: the one the Lions snapped Saturday by knocking off visiting Ashland, 2-0, in the third annual Lewis County Autism Awareness game.
Lewis County senior left fielder Wade Adams was low-key about what his team did. “We've been struggling lately, and it's good for us to get a win right now,” he said. “We struggled, really, everywhere, kind of. We started hitting the ball (Saturday).”
“It's a big win for our team, a big win for the program,” Lewis County coach Jack Lykins said. “I can't say enough about how Daulton pitched. First game he started this year, he did a great job.”
That would be senior Daulton Mason, and he mostly stymied the Tomcats: nine strikeouts and just three hits. What was more, neither Lykins nor Mason knew there was a no-hitter through four innings.
“We were wanting to throw him three innings at the most,” Lykins said. “He came in and said, 'I'm fine, I'm fine, leave me in,' so we left him in.”
Mason threw 100 pitches (56 were strikes), and he added a double and scored a run. He didn't think any one particular pitch worked.
“I was just throwing it over the plate and letting the defense work behind me,” he said.
Ashland (8-6) coach Jeff Wilcox talked before the game about his team not hitting very well lately.
“Give (Mason) credit,” Wilcox said afterward. “He's probably one of the best pitchers we've seen; he threw very well. We didn't execute (Saturday). We tried some bunts, and guys that normally get 'em down didn't get 'em down, and that takes us right out of our offense.”
Both Mason and Ashland's Robert Griffith survived first-inning challenges. Mason walked two, and Ashland third baseman Jared Slone reached third, but Mason suffocated the threat by striking out catcher Pete Mullins.