High School Baseball: Garner 4, West Johnston 0

Garner's Hudson hushes West Johnston on the diamond

cbest@newsobserver.comMarch 26, 2013 

— Garner catcher Carrington Austin feels like he’s always on the same page as his frequent battery mate, left-handed pitcher Brighton Hudson.

“We just know and trust each other when we’re out there so much,” Austin said. “He knows what I’m thinking, I know what he wants to throw.”

Tuesday night, the Trojans’ duo took that oneness to another extreme, combining on a 4-0 shutout win over Greater Neuse River 4A Conference baseball rival West Johnston behind a one-hit, career-high 16-strikeout night for Hudson.

Austin, a senior, contributed at the plate as well, just getting a two-run home run over the center-field fence and scoring another run for Garner, which moved to 10-2 overall and 4-0 in the league.

The win drops defending league champion West Johnston (4-4, 3-2) two full games behind the Trojans. West Johnston suffered its first league loss of the season Monday night, giving up a 7-1 lead to Harnett Central in the final two innings of play.

“It’s just a big conference win for us and that’s the most important thing,” Hudson said. “The early runs, they always help a lot. … I had no idea I had anywhere near 16 strikeouts.”

Hudson, a junior who no-hit Athens Drive earlier this season, carried a no-hitter into the fifth when West’s Adam Morrison singled.

By that time, he was working with a 4-0 lead. Jacob Faucette singled home Garner’s first run in the second, on a two-out rally that started when Austin drew a walk.

In the Trojans’ third, Trevor Lee doubled and later scored on a Levin Woodall single. Austin followed, fouling off four pitches from UNC Wilmington recruit Justin Carroll, before lifting his home run just over the center-field fence.

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