GARNER — Garner catcher Carrington Austin feels like hes always on the same page as his frequent battery mate, left-handed pitcher Brighton Hudson.
We just know and trust each other when were out there so much, Austin said. He knows what Im 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.
Its just a big conference win for us and thats 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 Wests Adam Morrison singled.
By that time, he was working with a 4-0 lead. Jacob Faucette singled home Garners 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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