By LLOYD COMBS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
GRUNDY, Va. —
First game of the season for Grundy.
First career no-hitter for Charles "Bub" McCoy.
The junior hurler was in mid-season form in leading the Golden Wave to a season-opening 2-0 win over East Ridge (Ky.) Tuesday afternoon.
McCoy struck out 15 batters and walked five, kept his pitch count low early and seemed to get stronger over the course of the game.
"I was just looking forward to getting him four or five good, strong innings in," Grundy coach Scotty Bostic said. "We saw that his pitch count was kind of down till (late) and he still had command on his fastball and good mechanics, so we left him in there.
"His breaking ball is what surprised me. Late in the game he was still getting the curveball over for a first-pitch strike, he wasn't getting behind. If he keeps doing that I'd be a fool to take him out."
The hard-throwing righthander had struck out seven batters in a row before walking the Warriors' leadoff man in the top half of the seventh inning.
He struck out the final batter looking on his 23rd pitch of the inning and 112th pitch of the game. "I felt good, my arm's just a little sore," said McCoy, who had his brother Jordan behind the plate. "The curve was falling good for me. I was just getting a good break on it."
Grundy scored two unearned run in the fifth thanks to back-to-back infield errors and some aggressive base-running. Dylan Wolford reached on a throwing error by the shortstop and went to second when the second baseman misplayed a grounder off the bat of Brandon Wallace.
Wolford stole third and scored the first run of the game when the catcher's throw sailed into left field. Pinch-runner Cody Puckett raced home with the second and run on a wild pitch.
East Ridge (0-3) didn't get a single ball out of the infield. Their hardest hit ball came in the first when Johnny Miller lined one to Wave second baseman Corey Walsh who snared it and turned it into a 4-3 double play.
"McCoy just flat-out knows what to do on the mound," said East Ridge coach Jordan Compton, a former Baltimore Orioles draft pick whose college career was cut short by an elbow injury. "The first three innings he was leaving it up, from the fourth inning on it was unreal."
Bostic was relieved at the high strikeout count, since it took the pressure off several new faces on the field defensively for the Golden Wave.
"That helped us out, because we haven't had much field time," he said. "We're going to get better as we go, it's just a matter of getting some good weather to get practice in. Bub kind of took care of that for us today."
Zack Fields threw a two-hitter for East Ridge.
Grundy is off till Monday when it hosts Buchanan County rival Hurley.
East Ridge..................000 000 0 — 0 0 3
Grundy........................000 020 x — 2 2 0
Fields and Taylor. C. McCoy and J. McCoy. W-C. McCoy (1-0). L-Fields. HR-none.