KINGSPORT — Thursday brought the nicest weather Dobyns-Bennett’s baseball team had seen in a while.
The sun was definitely shining on Indians pitcher Caleb Cook.
The Tribe sophomore starter picked up his first varsity no-hitter, going the distance in a 5-2 win over Anderson County in the first round of the Kingsport Mets-Coca Cola Classic at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.
In other Classic action at Hunter Wright Stadium, a three-run home run by Matt Williams highlighted Sullivan South’s 15-7 win over Knox Halls.
While Cook’s no-no was a career milestone, he is unlikely to let it go to his head. The two base runners plated by the Mavericks (6-5) on a throwing error in the third inning got on board with a walk and a plunk.
With Anderson County late reliever doing his utmost to hold back the Tribe lineup, they worried Cook right up to the last out.
“I wasn’t really thinking all that much about (the no-hitter). Going into the seventh with those two runs, I just didn’t want them to score,” said Cook, who struck out one over seven innings.
In South’s game, the bomb off of Williams’ bat was his third of the season, but his first out of Hunter Wright Stadium.
“It is a long way. It’s a big field. I had two strikes on me and I was just trying to make contact,” said Williams, who also had a single and was hit by a pitch. “It looked like a spinning curveball. It didn’t really break. It was high and inside so I figured I’d jump right on it. It’s a pitch I love.”
Charlie Moore had a double, a triple and three RBIs for South (6-3). Andrew Copas went 4-for-6 with two RBIs. Russell Koesters had a double and Tyler Troutman had a single and two sacrifice bunts.
For the complete story, see the Sports section in Friday's edition of the Kingsport Times-News.