HENDERSONVILLE Hendersonville High senior Will Wacaser had a case of nerves.
However, his performance on Friday evening left Station Camp unsettled.
Wacaser outdueled Station Camp junior Thomas Zazzaro, pitching a complete-game shutout in the Commandos’ 1-0 victory in the two teams’ District 9-AAA Tournament opener at Drakes Creek Park.
“I was nervous coming out,” Wacaser said. “I did not expect that. I got that first strikeout, and I turned to (senior second baseman) Jon Swindle and said, ‘I’m nervous.’”
Wacaser (7-1) allowed four hits, issued one base on balls and struck out 13 hitters. The Austin Peay State University signee retired 14 of the final 15 hitters that he faced.
“My velocity felt good,” Wacaser said. “My command was on. It was just a good night.”
Hendersonville senior rightfielder Ian MacMaster helped out, throwing Bison senior Lucas Gross – who was attempting to score from second base on Austin Valentine’s third-inning single – out at home plate.
“We had a chance to take the lead,” Station Camp head coach Korey Heppeard said. “(MacMaster) made a great throw, great catch (by senior catcher Cooper Brenning). You had to make them do it.”
Zazzaro (1-4) also went the distance, scattering six hits. The right-hander issued two base on balls and struck out three hitters.
The game’s only run scored in the third inning. With runners at first and third base and two outs, Commando senior Andrew Larson broke toward second base on the pitch to home plate, and Bison junior catcher Dylan Pottorff threw to second base. Larson worked his way into a rundown, allowing sophomore Austin Mays to score before Larson was tagged out.
Wacaser allowed just one more baserunner.
“He Will … he pitched great tonight,” Hendersonville head coach Mike Hendrix said. “It was a big environment. I’m glad he’s on my team and pitched for me tonight. I’m glad he’s pitching for Hendersonville High School … and (Zazzaro) did a great job for them.”
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Thomas Zazzaro and Dylan Pottorff; Will Wacaser and Cooper Brenning. WP – Wacaser (7-1). LP – Zazzaro (1-4). Records: Station Camp 14-17, Hendersonville 23-5.