And then he reached it.
The Buccaneers’ pitcher retired all 15 batters he faced in a 12-0 five-inning win over Cloudland in high school baseball action.
Blevins needed only 62 pitches, throwing 41 of them for strikes. He struck out nine batters.
“Cas pounded the zone today like he does every start,” said UH head coach Josh Petty. “He mixed in his off-speed stuff, keeping hitters off-balance. He pitched a great game and got the defensive help when he needed it.”
UH (7-5) spread its hitting attack around with Jake Oligny, Kaleb Meredith and Brant Hare each collecting two RBIs. Jakob Hare had two hits and A.J. Simerly scored three runs.
The Buccaneers improved to 3-0 in Watauga Valley Conference play.
North Greene 4, Hampton 1
Zane Potter went the distance for the Huskies, striking out 14 batters and allowing only two hits.
Potter had two RBIs and Turner Bailey had a two-run double. Hampton (5-4) fell to 3-2 in league play.
Dru Owens took the loss for the Bulldogs, who play host to North Greene on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Unicoi County 10, Madison County 0
BAKERSVILLE, N.C. — The Blue Devils went across the mountain and got a lock-down performance on the mound from Clay Simpson, who improved to 2-0 on the season.
Simpson racked up 11 strikeouts. Brett Strother went 3 for 4 with two RBIs while Troy Podvin had two hits and an RBI. Hunter Higgins drove in two runs.
Dobyns-Bennett 11, Volunteer 1
KINGSPORT — Morgan Riffle crushed a pair of homers at the plate, and didn’t allow an earned run while going the distance in the circle.
“She threw the ball well,” said D-B head coach Andy Hubbard.
Riffle went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and drove in three runs.
Peyton Domby also homered and also had three hits as the Tribe (8-4) improved to 2-2 in Big Seven Conference play.
Jaden Carpenter added two hits and two RBIs for D-B, which scored five runs in the first inning and five more in the fifth inning.
Sullivan East 10, Happy Valley 6
Chelsea Sams had two home runs, including a grand slam, and finished with six RBIs in the Lady Patriots’ win.
Sams’ slam over the center field fence in the sixth inning put an exclamation on the win, breaking open a 6-2 game. The runs came in handy as Happy Valley scored four times in the seventh inning.
“Chelsea has been crushing the ball all season, hitting .536 coming into the game,” said East head coach Michael Forrester. “She is an impressive hitter. She swings to do damage and she did a lot of damage tonight.”
Katelyn Loudy also had a big day at the plate for East, collecting three hits, three runs and three RBIs. Amber Turner had three hits and an RBI.
For Happy Valley, Kadie Havner hit a home run and had three RBIs. Kaitlyn Roberts, Olivia Absher and Maci Puckett each had two hits.
Sullivan Central 28, University High 6
The Lady Cougars took advantage of 17 walks by Buccaneers’ pitching, added 13 hits for the runaway win.
Central scored 15 runs in the second inning after a seven-run first frame. They added six more in the third, and the game was called after three innings.
Jasmine Sheffield (2 hits, 5 RBIs), Courtney Willis (4 RBIs), Kelsey Willis (3 hits, 4 RBIs), Faith Campbell (2 hits, 4 RBIs) and Madison Horne (3 runs, 3 RBIs) all had big days at the plate.
Unaka 11, South Greene 0
Corie Schuettler authored the shutout in the non-conference win for the Lady Rangers.
Taylor Potter hit a home run while Madison Pierce went 3 for 3 with three doubles.