Hayden throws gem, Pittsburg shuts out Fort Scott in home opener

The Dragons beat the Tigers 7-0 Friday.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Pittsburg tops Fort Scott 7-0 in their home opener Friday night.

Cale Farrington drives in two runs for the Purple Dragons, while Cooper Hayden throws a complete game shutout – allowing just 5 hits and racking up 9 strikeouts.

“I thought Cooper was fantastic tonight. He’s been our guy for a couple years now that we know when he goes out there he’s going to compete,” says Pittsburg head coach Keith Matlock, “Tonight he did a really nice job of mixing his pitches around. He kept them off balance and the guys did a good job of making plays behind him.”

“I had a feeling there would be a good crowd,” Matlock says of finally getting to play at home, “It’s a beautiful night and it’s a great place to play. We get to be at home here for a little bit. I know the kids were chomping at the bit to play at home, so it felt good.”