On Senior Night, right-hander Will Turner crafted a pitching jewel.
Turner, who plans to continue his baseball career next spring at NCAA Division III Roanoke College, threw a no-hitter to lead the Eagles to a 15-0 non-district rout of Hidden Valley at W.W. Naff Jr. Field.
The contest was stopped at 4 1/2 innings because of the run rule.
FCHS has won each of its last two games by shutout and has four shut-out wins this season, two of which are at the expense of Hidden Valley.
In those games, the Titans have only registered two hits.
Monday, only one Hidden Valley batter reached base.
With one out in the top of the fourth, Jake Harvey drew a walk from Turner who in turn surrendered his bid for a perfect game.
Turner’s gem is believed to be the first no-hitter thrown by a Franklin County pitcher since former right-hander Dylan Layman did so in a 2010 Group AAA Northwest Region semifinal-round shutout of North Stafford on the road. The Eagles clinched a berth in the state tournament that year with the win.
Turner’s gem is believed to be the first no-hitter thrown by an Eagles pitcher at Naff Field since the mid 1990s when former standout pitcher Larry Bowles tossed one against Pulaski County in a game that was stopped before the seventh inning because of the run rule.
Monday, only one underclassman saw the field for the Eagles as sophomore Michael Williams, who usually starts in leftfield, was used as a courtesy runner.
FCHS collected 15 hits and played error-free baseball in Turner’s defense.
Turner struck out seven in his complete-game showing. He has struck out 18 batters in his last two starts.
Grayson Chitwood, who plans to continue his career at Division III Ferrum College next spring, anchored FCHS’s offense by going 3 of 4 at the plate with a two-run home run and a two-run double. He drove in five runs and scored three times.
Also, Dawson Cooper and Noah Basham each was 3 of 4.
Cooper, the Eagles’ second baseman, drove in three runs and scored three times and Basham, the Eagles’ shortstop who has given a non-binding verbal commitment to Roanoke, belted a two-run double and drove in three runs.
Also with multiple hits were right fielder Easton Forbes (RBI) and first baseman Jacob Moureau (RBI), while right fielder Davis Ferguson and left fielder Tucker Bennett each registered a hit.
Cameron Mullins, who started at third base, was 0 of 2 with two walks. He drove in a run.
Cooper and Forbes each stole a base.
The Eagles stranded five runners on base.
FCHS scored three runs in the first and four runs each in the second, third and fourth frames.
On Saturday, the Eagles (4-2 in the Piedmont District, 12-4 overall) shut out William Byrd, 7-0, in a game played at Gary Walthall Park/Terrier Field in Vinton.
FCHS’s victory is its second this season over the Terriers and it stops a 12-game winning streak by William Byrd, coached by former player and former Ferrum College performer Neil Zimmerman.
Mullins tossed a two-hit shutout; he permitted a double, an infield single and two walks, while striking out three.
“If we pitch like that, we’re going to win some ballgames,’’ FCHS skipper Barry Shelton said of Mullins’ complete-game showing.
Hunter Meador (double) and Isaac Fix collected William Byrd’s hits.
The Terriers employed three pitchers.
FCHS played error-free baseball in defense of Mullins, who plans to continue his career next spring at Division III Emory & Henry College.
The Eagles tallied theirfirst run in the top of the third to break a scoreless tie.
Leading 1-0, FCHS manufactured five runs in the fourth. The frame featured a grand-slam home run by first baseman Colton Kent, who was 2 of 3 with five RBIs.
Kent belted a solo home run in the top of the sixth to account for the Eagles’ final run.
Kent, a junior, came out of hitting slump with his showing, his first two home run game of his two-year high school career.
“I’ve been seeing the ball well, I just hadn’t been finishing the at bat (until Saturday),’’ Kent said of his performance at the plate.
Kent struck out in his first at bat.
“(Colton’s) work ethic has never wavered. He made an adjustment after his first at bat and you see what happened,’’ Shelton said.
FCHS finished with six hits. Kent’s home runs were his team’s lone extra base hits.
Mullins collected two hits and drove in a run and Noah Basham (RBI) and Michael Williams each had a hit.
FCHS concludes regular-season play Friday on the road against Piedmont District rival Bassett. Game time is 5 p.m.
A second game against district foe George Washington-Danville that was postponed from earlier this season will not be rescheduled, Shelton said. FCHS defeated Danville 26-1 earlier this season.