MINT HILL, NC – On Wednesday night at Independence High School Indy’s senior pitcher Carson Gesing pitched the first no-hit game of his career. Gesing faced 22 East Meck batters striking out 13, walked 2 and one batter reached on an error as the Patriots took a 6-0 conference win.
After the game, Gesing said: “it was really exciting. Gesing also said that I have to thank the offense for scoring six runs in the fourth. And the defense helped me out when I got into trouble. It was a great team win.”
Head coach Sam Skinner said: “I’m so proud of this young man. Carson and this whole team have started to embrace our grind mentality this year, and Carson personified that tonight. He threw a lot of strikes and executed our game plan. Tonight is a testament to the hard work Carson has put in over four years and it has shown. He was gritty on the mound. When he got into trouble he pitched of it. Our offense was able to put six runs on the board to give him a little cushion and our defense just competed. When Carson got down in counts, he competed and worked out of it. The smile on his face says it all. One of the few times we have seen him smile. So proud of this young man.”
The game was a pitching duel for the first three and a half innings as neither team was able to post a hit. With the exception of Indy giving up a walk in the top of the second inning, both teams went three up and three down until the bottom of the fourth inning.
In the bottom half of the fourth, the Patriots’ Luke Chantry led off with a single to left. Wilson Lohrer followed with a double to left field moving Chantry to third base. Indy’s designated hitter Brandon Moser drew a walk loading the bases with no outs. Carson Gesing followed and reached on a fielder’s choice scoring Chantry. Taylor Moser stepped up to the plate and hit a single to left field scoring Lohrer. Next up for the Patriots was first baseman PJ Chiles who blasted a double to left field. Catcher Jake Stanley kept the hitting streak going with a single to left field. Garrett Lawrence was the last Indy batter to get on base. He reached an error. Indy’s next two hitters went down, but the Patriots plated six runs on five hits to take a 6-0 lead.
That was it for the scoring. Indy’s Wilson Lohrer was the only Indy hitter to get two hits for the night. He posted his second hit with a single to right field in the bottom on the fifth, and that was the end of hits for the rest of the night.
Carson Gesing struck out the side in the sixth. And again he struck out the side in the seventh to record his first no-hitter.
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