Whether Brayden Walls returns to Mt. Carmel in the fall to pitch for Wabash Valley College remains to be seen. He certainly will have fond memories of his most recent visit.
That was Monday night when Walls, a senior lefthander, handcuffed the Golden Aces at Dee White Field, striking out 13 and allowing just one hit to lead Washington to a 6-0 Big 8 Conference victory.
Only a bouncer through the infield by Aces leftfielder Jared Piper in the second inning separated Walls from a no-hitter. That was also the only time the hosts threatened, with a walk and error loading the bases before Walls wiggled out of the jam.
Walls, who has also received some interest from USI, was especially dominant in the middle innings, at one point fanning five straight batters in the fourth and fifth. He finished the game by striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh.
Washington improved to 7-4 (and 2-0 in the Big 8) with the win. Mt. Carmel stands 2-9 and 0-4.
Walls scored three times and drove in the first run of the game with a base hit in the first inning, one of three Hatchet tallies in the opening at-bat. Runs also came in the third (one) and the seventh (two).
Reece Metcalf took the loss for Mt. Carmel. He worked 2.2 innings, relieved by Thomas Allen. Metcalf allowed four hits and walked three, but struck out four batter. Allen, in 4.1 innings, gave just three hits and fanned two.
The Aces host North Posey on Thursday at 5 p.m.