The Biloxi Shuckers jumped out to an early lead and did not relent in a 7-0 win over the Jackson Generals in Game 1 of the Southern League Championship Series on Tuesday night in Jackson, Tennessee.
Shuckers right-hander Braden Webb allowed just one hit in his six innings-plus of work, taking a no-hitter into the seventh.
Biloxi scored a pair of runs in the first inning against Generals right-hander Taylor Widener. Corey Ray worked a leadoff walk and came in to score on a double to right by Troy Stokes Jr., giving the Shuckers a 1-0 edge two batters into the game. Stokes advanced to third on the throw home as Ray scored and touched the plate after a passed ball by Dominic Miroglio, putting Biloxi up 2-0.
Webb took the lead and ran with it, allowing just two base runners on a pair of walks in the first two frames before retiring 14 batters in a row. The 23-year-old struck out five batters in a row during the middle innings, and allowed his only hit of the night on a double by Domingo Leyba in the seventh. In his first playoff start, Webb spun six scoreless innings and struck out seven.
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Widener settled down in the middle innings, retiring 13 in a row at one point. In the sixth, however, Stokes and Grisham started the inning with back-to-back singles before Keston Hiura was hit by an 0-2 pitch, loading the bases. A run scored on a wild pitch by Widener, and Lucas Erceg drove in two more with a double, putting the Shuckers in front 5-0.
Jeff Ames, Jon Olczak and Miguel Sanchez all tossed a scoreless frame of relief for Biloxi. Weston Wilson added an RBI single in the eighth, and Dillon Thomas hit a pinch-hit homer in the ninth, his first as a Shucker, to give Biloxi their final margin of 7-0.
The series will move to Biloxi for Game 3 at 6:35 p.m. on Friday.