Harris, Panthers one-hit Flyers
CHESAPEAKE - Kirsten Harris didn't get a no-hitter this time, but he was close.
Harris pitched a no-hitter against the St. Joseph Flyers last season. He didn't duplicate the feat Thursday, but he did throw a one-hitter as the Chesapeake Panthers posted a 12-2 win in five innings.
Harris struck out three and did not walk a batter in three innings. Jeff Gilkison finished up and fanned five.
St. Joseph (0-3) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Kurt Jordan was safe on an error, stole second, moved up on a wild pitch and scored a passed ball third strike.
Chesapeake tied the game in the bottom of the inning when P.J. Rase tripled and scored on a wild pitch.
The Panthers took the lead for good at 3-1 in the second inning.
Harris singled, Zach Henderson walked and Matt Rowe tripled them home.
The Flyers closed to within 3-2 in the top of the third inning.
Ryan Schwab was hit by a pitch, stole second, came to third on a wild pitch, and scored when Ryan Waginger grounded out.
The Panthers erupted for six runs in the third inning.
Cory Methax and Gilkison doubled and Cody Methax tripled for two runs. Matt Whitmore grounded out and Harris was safe on a two-base error. Henderson doubled him home, Rowe reached on an error, and Rase singled home a run.
The final three runs scored in the bottom of the sixth.
Gilkison was hit by a pitch, took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a fly out and scored on a wild pitch.
Whitmore singled and Harris walked, both moved up on a wild pitch and they scored on a throwing error.
Jeremy Addis doubled for St. Joseph's only hit.
Ryan Schwab, Alex Swarts (3), Jordan (4) and Jeremy Addis. Kirsten Harris, Jeff Gilkison (4) and Matt Rowe. W-Harris (3-K, 0-W). Gilkison (5-K, 1-W). L-Schwab. 2B-St. Joseph: Jeremy Addis; Chesapeake: Cory Methax, Jeff Gilkison, Zach Henderson. 3B-Chesapeake: P.J. Rase, Matt Rowe, Cody Methax. Hitting-St. Joseph: Jeremy Addis 1-2; Chesapeake: P.J. Rase 2-3, Cory Methax 1-3, Jeff Gilkison 1-2, Cody Methax 1-3, Matt Whitmore 1-3, Kirsten Harris 1-2, Zach Henderson 1-1, Matt Rowe 1-3. Records: St. Joseph 0-3, Chesapeake 1-1.