MURPHYSBORO — Noah Boon pitched a complete game shutout to lead Harrisburg to a 4-0 victory over Murphysboro Friday in SIRR Ohio Division baseball.
The Harrisburg freshman scattered six hits and struck out six batters as well. Boon didn’t walk anyone either.
“He has been terrific for us, and he just keeps getting better,” Harrisburg coach Jay Thompson said of Boon. “He struggled a little bit for the first couple of weeks, but all of the sudden he is pitching with confidence. His stuff is good. He just needed some confidence.”
The Bulldogs entered the week below .500 overall. But they won three league games this week to improve to 11-9 and 5-3.
“Noah is one of our three conference guys during the week,” Thompson said. “We lost (Dalton) Lambert until this week. He hadn’t pitched a single game until a couple days ago. Dalton was maybe going to be one of the top two or three pitchers in the conference. We had to have somebody jump up, and Boon has done a fantastic job.”
Speaking of Lambert, in a game where there wasn’t a whole lot of offense, the senior produced for his team. Lambert hit a long RBI single in the fourth inning to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead against Murphysboro hurler Sam Dietz.
Lambert struck again in the sixth frame. He popped a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 Harrisburg advantage.
“We hit the ball pretty well today, but it’s baseball and right at people sometimes,” Thompson said. “We played really well defensively. I thought Carson Burtis was fantastic at third base. We were in good shape all day.”
Dietz went six innings for Murphysboro and was lifted after Burtis singled to lead off the seventh inning.
“He threw the ball great for us today, and he was lucky to work down in the zone a lot,” said Murphysboro coach Andy Winters. “We played some good defense behind him and were able to make the plays. It’s just unfortunate for him that we weren’t able to string together some hits and score a few runs.”
The Red Devils had a runner in scoring position in the first, fourth and seventh innings. But Boon never wavered and shut down any potential rally each time.
Brandon Caldwell belted a double that nearly left the yard with one out in the fourth inning. But Murphysboro was unable to get him home.
Presley Gauch and Isaac Crabb also drove in runs for the Bulldogs, who won their fifth consecutive ball game.
Murphysboro fell to 2-10 overall and 2-5 in the Ohio Division.