By GREG MENGELT
In the first official home game at the new Charlestown baseball field, Drew Reich threw a no-hitter and shut out Madison Shawe in a 7-0 victory.
Reich (2-0) walked seven and struck out seven in the complete-game performance.
“He did a good job of battling,” Charlestown coach Ricky Romans said. “He didn’t have great command in the late innings, but any time you throw a no-hitter, it’s special. It will be a great memory for him.”
Charlestown took a 2-0 lead through two innings then put the Hilltoppers away with five runs in the fifth.
Jason Houchens went 2-for-3 with a run and two knocked in for the Pirates.
Charlestown (2-2) is off until Monday when it travels to Eastern for a Mid-Southern Conference game.
• Pioneers blast Crawford: Aaron Patterson and Cristian Ensley had two hits apiece and Andrew Hunt gave up just two hits in five innings as Providence beat up on Crawford County, 11-1.
Hunt walked just one batter.
“He did a nice job on the mound,” Pioneers coach Scott Hornung said.
In Tuesday’s opener, Providence defeated Eastern 11-2 behind the pitching of Jon Davis. Tyler Simms and Austin Dickey each had doubles for the Pioneers.
• Dragons get by New Albany in season opener: Kat Hebble won at No. 1 singles and Silver Creek swept the doubles event to beat New Albany 3-2 in both teams’ season opener.
Hebble beat Marin Kanii 6-3, 6-0 and the Dragons’ doubles teams of Rebekah Knittle and Jenny Block and Katy Hawkins and Kelsi Scott both won in straight sets.
“I was impressed with both our doubles,” Silver Creek coach Robert Briscoe said. “They really came out in the first match and showed that they know how to play doubles and what we expect — and it showed in the scores.”
NEXT: Silver Creek (0-1) hosts Southwestern, tonight; New Albany (0-1) at New Albany Invitational, Saturday.
• Endris pitches, hits Pioneers past Scottsburg: Meredith Endris threw four innings, striking out four Warriorettes, and had a double as Providence beat Scottsburg 10-1.
Morgan Boone went 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI for the Pioneers.
NEXT: Providence (2-1) at Southern (Ky.) Spring Bash, tonight.
• Morris, Robertson lead New Wash to first win: Whitney Morris struck out eight and didn’t surrender a run, while Coari Robertson went 3 for 3 with a double and a triple as New Washington beat Southwestern 7-0 for its first win.
Morris surrendered just one hit and Brooke Shawe threw the final two innings and struck out two more Rebel batters.
NEXT: New Washington (1-4) hosts Henryville, Friday.
• Rogers pitches Musketeers past Mitchell: Darcy Rogers threw a complete-game two-hitter and struck out 18 as Eastern defeated Mitchell 3-1 on Wednesday.
With the game tied 1-1, Samantha Montgomery’s RBI single plated Morgan Martin, who had doubled earlier in the inning, for the go-ahead run.
NEXT: Eastern (1-1) at Brownstown Central, tonight.
• Providence edges Bulldogs: Maxwell Hupp shot a match-best 37 as 13th-ranked Providence defeated New Albany 153-164 at Champions Pointe on Wednesday.
Teammate Mitch Allendar was one shot behind Hupp, followed by Cory Cahalan and Max Leist, who both shot 39s. Garrett Arnold led New Albany with a 39.
NEXT: New Albany hosts Silver Creek, tonight; Providence at Floyd Central Invitational, Saturday.