HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Three Huntsville Stars pitchers combined on a one-hitter on Wednesday night in a 5-1 victory over the Chattanooga Lookouts.
The Lookouts actually took a 1-0 lead in the game without benefit of a hit. But there was no further damage as catcher Gorman Erickson got the only hit of the game.
Huntsville starter Johnny Hellweg (1-0) went five innings and allowed that lone hit, but the Lookouts’ run wasn’t earned. Hellweg struck out seven. Daniel Meadows and Kyle Heckathorn pitched two innings each and kept the one-hitter intact.
Huntsville tied the score in the second inning and got the only other run it would need in the third. Lee Haydel’s one-out single on a soft ground ball to Lookouts pitcher Zach Lee started off the rally, and Haydel later scored on Scotter Gennett’s single to right.
Huntsville added two insurance runs in the fifth to claim its 18th victory of the Southern League second half. The Stars are tied with the Birmingham Barons for fourth in the North Division at 18-21.
Despite the loss, the Lookouts (23-16), continue to lead the division.
Lee (0-3) took the loss for the Lookouts. He pitched 4.2 innings and surrendered eight hits and three earned runs.
The Lookouts and Stars play one more game in Huntsville on Thursday night and then Chattanooga returns home for a five-game series against the Mississippi Braves.