CHEROKEE — The Southeast baseball team swept both games of a doubleheader over the visiting Cherryvale Chargers in non-league action Thursday afternoon, winning the first game by run-rule 10-0 after five innings and taking the second by a score of 6-4.
In the first game, sophomore CJ Peacock, making his first varsity start for the Lancers, tossed a no-hitter, walking just two batters while striking out 11.
His offense helped him out by scoring in every inning, pulling away to end the game in the bottom of the fifth on Cole Burdette’s two-RBI single.
Southeast scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning in the nightcap, and added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to hold off the Chargers. Hunter Jameson got the start, but it was Burdette who got the victory, tossing 3.2 innings, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh by striking out the final two Cherryvale hitters.
“I thought we played good baseball for the majority of the night,” Southeast head coach David Dainty said. “The first game we threw a sophomore, the first varsity game he has ever thrown and he throws a no-hitter. I can’t be any more happier for that kid. We did a good job of battling in the second game when it got close, but when we jump out to a 5-0 lead, we need to do a better job of finishing.”
After a quick inning by C.J. Peacock for Southeast in the top of the first inning, the Lancers went to work offensively in their half of the inning.
Jake Burns got a hit and scored on Colton Trejo’s single to get Southeast out to a 1-0 lead.
Cole Burdette, who reached via a walk, and Trejo both scored on Peacock’s single to give the Lancers a 3-0 lead after one inning.
Dylan Wilson led the second off with a single, and Triston Gardner walked to start the bottom of the second. Both scored on Burdette’s single to push the Lancer lead to 5-0 after two innings.
Cherryvale had no answer for Peacock, only managing two base runners in the game, both by walk.
Peacock was dominant, striking out eleven on his way to a no-hitter in his first action of the season.
Southeast plated three more runs in the third inning and another in the fourth, on a straight steal of home plate by Burdette, with two outs in the inning.
With a chance to end the game early due to the run rule, the Lancers managed to plate the two runs they needed thanks to walks from the Cherryvale pitcher and untimely errors by the middle infield.
The game ended when Burdette’s pop-up fell in short center field, with a trio of Cherryvale players camped beside it, plating both Caleb Fenimore and Gardner.
In the second game of the twinbill, Southeast once again jumped on Cherryvale early, plating five runs in the bottom half of the first inning.
Triston Gardner singled and stole second to start the game, and he scored on Jake Burns’ RBI single to put the Lancers up 1-0 two batters into the game.
Burdette then walked, and he and Burns pulled off a double steal to put both runners in scoring position with nobody out. Burns scored on Trejo’s sacrifice ground out to second base.
Bret Malle singled, scoring Burdette from third. Peacock walked and Hunter Jameson singled to load the bases.
Dylan Wilson got a hard single up the middle to plate both Malle and Peacock to make the score 5-0 after one full inning of play.
Jameson made the score hold up until the fourth inning, striking out five along the way, when Cherryvale scored three runs, chasing Jameson from the game.
The Chargers scored another run in the top of the fifth inning on reliever Burdette, cutting their deficit to just 5-4 with two innings to play.
In the bottom of the sixth, Southeast was able to plate another run, on another RBI single for Wilson, to give themselves breathing room with a 6-4 lead.
Cherryvale managed to load the bases in the top of the seventh with just one out, but Burdette, who would earn the victory, closed the Chargers out by striking out the final two batters that he faced, giving the Lancers the 6-4 victory.