By Joshua Koch
HOUSTON – Triston Scherer nearly got pulled in the sixth inning on Friday night.
The Crosby senior’s fastball was rising up and tailing out of the zone. Crosby coach Chris Wiggins admitted after the game they were extremely close to going to the bullpen.
Wiggins stuck with Scherer and he rewarded the coach’s decision.
On his 94th pitch of the night, Scherer fired a fastball high and inside to AJ Skero, who would swing under it, giving Scherer his 11th strikeout of the night and Crosby a 3-0 victory at Adam Dunn Field.
“It felt great,” Scherer said. “It felt great to go all seven innings and get the W for my team. I mean the mentality I have whenever I am on the mound is go as deep in games as possible, throw as many strikes as possible, get the defense to work. If I do that all year we’ll go to playoffs and win state.”
Scherer, who already has one 5A Pitcher of the Week award under his belt this season, was dialed in from the opening pitch.
In the first turn through the lineup, Scherer allowed just one hit, one walk and struck out three to set the standard for the evening.
By night’s end, Scherer pitched with just a one-run lead for five of the seven innings, allowing New Caney to get a runner in scoring position only once in that stretch, while stacking up the punch-outs recording four multi-strikeout frames.
Scherer finished giving up no runs on three hits, striking out 11 and walking just two on 94 pitches in seven innings.
“Triston did a good job,” Wiggins said. “He stayed in the zone. He worried us a little in the sixth when he started getting a little out there. But when it was time it was the competitiveness in him that brought him back and started getting in the zone. When you get people to swing he’s tough.”