Baseball: Cassens, Rhinebeck blank Webutuck

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Rhinebeck's Chris Cassens pitches during Wednesday's home game versus Webutuck.

Rhinebeck’s Chris Cassens pitches during Wednesday’s home game versus Webutuck.

Rhine beck's Chris Cassens pitches during Wednesday's home game versus Webutuck.

Rhine beck’s Chris Cassens pitches during Wednesday’s home game versus Webutuck.

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.

A.J. Martelli: amartelli@poughkeepsiejournal.com, 845-437-4836, Twitter: @AJM_PoJoSports

Action from Wednesday's game between Rhinebeck and Webutuck.

Action from Wednesday’s game between Rhinebeck and Webutuck.

Rhinebeck's Chris Cassens slides into second base under Webutuck's Chris Milano during Wednesday's game at Rhinebeck.

Rhinebeck’s Chris Cassens slides into second base under Webutuck’s Chris Milano during Wednesday’s game at Rhinebeck.

Rhinebeck's Ryan Euell recovers an infield hit during Wednesday's home game versus Webutuck.

Rhinebeck’s Ryan Euell recovers an infield hit during Wednesday’s home game versus Webutuck.

Rhinebeck's Spencer Hutchins collides with Webutuck's catcher, Ethan Lounsbury during Wednesday's game at Rhinebeck.

Rhinebeck’s Spencer Hutchins collides with Webutuck’s catcher, Ethan Lounsbury during Wednesday’s game at Rhinebeck.

Rhinebeck's Aidan Hack slides into second base under Webutuck's Chris Milano during Wednesday's game at Rhinebeck.

Rhinebeck’s Aidan Hack slides into second base under Webutuck’s Chris Milano during Wednesday’s game at Rhinebeck.

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