WATERFORD - The key to winning baseball games is scoring more runs than the other team.
It's hard to score runs without getting basehits.
Thursday in Waterford, Fort Frye pitcher Derek Layton silenced the Wildcats' bats, throwing the team's first no-hitter since Zach Eddy tossed one in 2012 against River. The Cadets' lineup backed Layton up with plenty of run support as they went on to defeat Waterford 9-0 in a Washington County rivalry game.
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Fort Frye sophomore Derek Layton delivers a pitch to a Waterford batter during prep baseball action in Waterford Thursday. Layton finished with a no-hitter in a 9-0 win.
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Fort Frye’s Issac Klinger (front) leads off second base as Waterford’s Jordan Welch (back) covers.
"Derek pitched an outstanding game," said Fort Frye head coach Sonny Bidwell. "He had good control.
"Tonight, he had a big game."
Layton (5-0) allowed Isaac Huffman to reach base twice via a base on balls and a hit-by-pitch for his only blemishes. He struck out only three batters as the Wildcats were able to put the ball in play often, but with the exception of two errors, Fort Frye fielded very well in the game behind Layton.
Fort Frye 9, Waterford 0
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Waterford 000 000 0 - 0 0 6
Fort Frye (15-1) WP: Derek Layton (5-0) 7IP, 3SO, 1BB, 0H, 0ER; Top hitters: Tanner Rice 3-4, 3R, 1RBI, Chandler Lang 1-5, double, 2RBI, Brad Martin 1-4, 1R, 3RBI, Derek Layton 1-4, 1R, Colten Shuster 1-3, 2R, Terren Huck, 1-1, 2R.
Waterford (6-6) LP: Isaac Huffman (0-2) 4.1IP, 4BB, Cam Bosner 1.2IP, Daulton Shriver 1IP.
Next games: Trimble at Waterford at 5 p.m today; Linsly at Fort Frye Saturday (OVAC Semifinal).
"Good win. The kids came to play tonight," Bidwell said. "They brought it. They did a nice job defensively. Made some nice plays."
"Layton pitched a nice ballgame," said Waterford head coach Chad Augenstein. "Give him credit, he threw strikes. We hit him, just right at somebody tonight."
Fort Frye has now won 15 out of 16 games this season going into OVAC Tournament play this weekend. Waterford is headed in other direction, having lost five straight games after winning six of its first seven.
"The boys are pressing right now," Augenstein said. "They just need to relax and play the game. You've got to remember that it's just a game."
"Waterford's a good team," Bidwell praised. "They're young. They're a good, quality team and they're doing a nice job."
After Layton and Huffman exchanged zeros on the mound in the first inning, Fort Frye struck first in the top of the second.
Terren Huck walked to lead off the inning and went to second on Tanner Rice's single to right field. After both runners advanced on Drew Layton's sacrifice bunt, Huck came in to score on Waterford's first of six errors in the game, a bobble at shortstop on a Brad Martin groundball.
Later, with Rice at third, Martin at second and two outs, Chandler Lang mashed a double to left field to bring both runners in and make the score 3-0.
The Cadets added another run in the fourth, when Rice's RBI-single plated Colten Shuster to make it 4-0.
With plenty of cushion, Layton continued to breeze through Waterford's lineup.
"Derek got relaxed and pitched well," Bidwell said.
Augenstein added "He got some cushion there and got into his groove."
The Cadets added four more runs in the top of the fifth to put things out of reach for the Wildcats. A bases-loaded double to left-center field by Martin led the rally.
Fort Frye would tack on one more run in the seventh to cap off the scoring in the game.
Huffman (0-2) lasted 4.1 innings for Waterford, giving up five hits and walking four in the loss. Cam Bosner pitched 1.2 innings of relief and Daulton Shriver threw in the seventh.
Rice went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI to lead the Cadets. Martin and Lang each had a double.
The 'Cats will look to snap their losing streak today when they host TVC-Hocking foe Trimble.
"Trimble's legit," Augenstein said. "They're a district team from last year and I believe they have everybody back. Here we go. It's gonna be a D4 challenge. We'll see where we're at with that. I just hope the boys come and have a little confidence in themselves and are ready to play ball."
Fort Frye has the day off today but will return to action Saturday in an OVAC Semfinal game against Linsly.
"Hopefully we can keep the formula going of getting people on, moving them over and coming up with a timely hit," Bidwell said.