SAVANNAH -- Westwood baseball coach Al Timmerman had only one complaint about Douglas Nobles' Game 1 performance Thursday against Memorial in the GISA Class A Final Four.
"A no-hitter, 12 strikeouts and a 3-for-4 day with two home runs and six RBI was all I could get out of him," Timmerman joked after Westwood's 14-0, five-inning rout to go ahead 1-0 in the best-of-three series. "I guess that will have to do."
The win, meanwhile, puts Westwood one victory away from the state title series.
Game 2 of the series is today at 11 a.m., and if necessary, Game 3 will be played immediately after.
Nobles is hoping it doesn't come to that.
"We just hope what we did (Thursday) carries over to (today)," said the junior. "We feel pretty good about our chances to advance, but we have to keep playing hard. We haven't won anything yet."
It sure feels like it's over after the way Thursday's opener went.
Nobles' first home run -- a three-run bomb in the third inning that put Westwood up, 10-0, and marked Nobles' Southwest Georgia-leading 11th round-tripper of the year -- signaled what kind of day it was going to be for the Wildcats, who haven't been this far in the state playoffs in three years. But when Nobles hit his 12th HR of the season -- a two-run blast the very next inning -- it all but ended the game considering the way he was pitching on the mound.
"I was really seeing my spots and hitting them," he said. "That was the main key, plus our 1-through-9 hitters were all hitting the ball really well."
Nobles finished 3-for-4, while notching two hits each were Mason Worsham, Caleb Morrell, Jake Edore, Chason Worsham and J.T. Edore. Worsham was the only one to notch an extra-base hit other than Nobles when he hit a double.
"We didn't overpower them, we were just consistent all day," said Timmerman, whose team has now won eight in a row. "But we've still got a job to do. We're not satisfied after this win. We've got to come out and do it again (today)."