Holton fires no-hitter, but Tennessee drops Georgia

Posted 6/7/19

 

Holton fires no-hitter, but Tennessee drops Georgia

 

Carter Holton pitched the game of his life Friday evening for Team Georgia in the Junior Sunbelt Classic. But when the final out was recorded, the Benedictine School standout stood on the short-end of a hard-luck loss. 

The sophomore left-hander tossed a no-hitter but Team Tennessee took advantage of errors in the top of the seventh to post a 1-0 victory at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton, Oklahoma. 

Holton matched Tennessee ace Jack Dougherty and the two locked into a pitcher's duel. Dougherty allowed two hits, both of them to William Lybrook (Westminster), walked one and struck out six. Fans in attendance will surely talk about the pitching performances of Dougherty and Holton for the rest of the tournament.

The damage for Holton started with one out in the top of the seventh when he walked Tennessee's Carter Vrabel. On the next play, Tennessee put the ball in play and Vrable got tangled with the second-baseman, allowing Hayden Gilliland to reach base and Vrable to grab third when the ball went into right field. The play was scored an error.

Mason Landers' sacrifice fly allowed Vrabel to score.

Team Georgia couldn't muster much off Dougherty. With two outs, Lybrook singled before Dougherty induced a ground out to record the victory.

Holton, who threw 115 pitches, struck out 12 and walked three in a masterful performance.

Team Georgia, who defeated Canada 7-1 earlier on Friday, is 1-1 in the team standings and will play Team Mississippi Saturday morning at 10 a.m. (CT) at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton. They will meet Team Missouri Saturday evening at Mike Deak Field in McAlester, Oklahoma.