It wasn’t enough for Chris Cassens to get it done on the mound Wednesday.
The Rhinebeck High School starting pitcher also let his bat do some talking.
Behind Cassens’ dual performance, the Hawks beat the visiting Webutuck Warriors, 3-0.
“It’s encouraging to me because he pitched a heck of a game against a very good team,” Rhinebeck coach Nick Nikolatos said. “He pitched a gem today. His changeup and curve ball worked really well.”
Cassens took a no-hitter into the seventh inning with one out, until Ethan Lounsbury broke it up with a single. Hunter Coulthard followed with a single, but Cassens finished to notch a complete game shutout. He struck out eight batters and walked one.
And he helped his own cause.
Cassens drove in two runs with a single in the third inning. Teammate Matt Martin collected two hits.
“Chris has been hitting the ball well. He and Matt have been putting the bat on the ball,” Nikolatos added.
The win put Rhinebeck at 3-1 for the season, a start that has pleased the coach.
“It’s always nice to be 3-1 through four. This is what you want to start off with,” Nikolatos said. “We hope it continues.”
With Ryan Euell on the mound, Rhinebeck visits Millbrook Thursday.
Webutuck hosts Pine Plains on Thursday.
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