VANCEBURG — Lewis County (9-5) fared better. Adams singled, reached second on a wild pitch, went to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a delayed double steal (Mason took second).
“I took it on myself,” Adams said. “I had to take a chance. I'd seen (Griffith) was playing around, so I went.”
Wilcox said somebody should have told Griffith to step off the mound before Adams ever took off – which he said was part of his team's inexperience.
“That shows right there, people playing out of position and (Griffith, who had battled mononucleosis for about a month) not getting many starts for us,” Wilcox said. “After that, I thought he came back and pitched very well.”
Ashland's Austin Kelley opened the second with a walk, but Mason picked him off. Mason then fanned Josh Bradley, and Adams robbed Matt Vincent with a full-extension grab.
There was considerably less stress over the next three frames, and hits were as hard to find as bottled water in California's Mojave Desert.
Griffith retired seven straight at one point, and he finished with six strikeouts.
Ashland shortstop Josh Bradley's fifth-inning single to center broke up Mason's no-hitter. Problem was, after Vincent's grounder to Mason (who threw out Bradley at second), the Tomcats' Evan Cox grounded into a double-play.
In the sixth, Mason's double to left field turned into his run on a passed ball and Isaac Weddington's fielder's choice grounder to shortstop.
“I think it was a hanging curve because (Griffith) dropped down sidearm, off-speed,” Mason said of his double. “ … First swing, (I) came out of my shoes and gave it a (ride).”
Ashland loaded the bases in the seventh on an error, Mullins' single, Austin Kelley's sacrifice bunt and Vincent's sacrifice bunt. The game ended when Evan Cox grounded to third.