High school baseball fans in attendance Tuesday night got a first hand look at what was about to come. St. John ace Zach Butler stepped on the mound in the top of the first inning and struck out the first three North Forrest batters.
Before the night was over, Butler would strike out 16 batters.
When the final out was recorded, the Eagles posted a one nothing victory. The big news, pitcher Zach Butler tossed a no-hitter, his second no-hitter on the season.
Zach said, "It boils down to good defense. They hit the ball hard and our defense made the plays. Mitch Owen is an outstanding catcher that blocks up a lot of the curve balls that I throw, just a good solid defense. We happen to get a run in and that was good for us."
In the bottom of the 4th inning St. John's Armand Scurfield hit a blooper to center field. The ball dropped to the turf allowing Jason Vitowsky to race home from second base with the games only run.
Catcher Mitch Owen threw a perfect strike on an attempted steal with two out in the top of the seventh. Josh Williams met the tag for the games final out. That closed the curtain on North Forrest preserving Zach Butler's no-hitter.
The Eagles of Coach Joe Sam Owen improve to 11 and 5 overall, 6 and 2 in the Division race. Lumberton leads the pack with perfect 7 and 0 division and battle St. John Friday night.
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