Fort Gibson Pitcher Brandon Jackson (2) slides into second base Tuesday afternoon against Locust Grove.

FORT GIBSON — Brandon Jackson doesn’t think it’s a tradition for any Fort Gibson pitcher to rake the mound after he throws a no-hitter.

“Coach (Randy Smith) is just playing with me,” the junior right-hander said as he smoothed out the rough spots after tossing the 8-0 five-inning gem in beating the Locust Grove Pirates at the Fort Gibson diamond on Tuesday.

“I didn’t know I had the no-hitter until after the game was over,” Jackson added. “My defense really helped me. That’s what got it done for me. I was mainly throwing my fastball and change-up.”

Jackson’s command helped of the two pitches helped him strike out four batters for his first decision of the season. Fort Gibson, which travels to Tulsa Central at 4 p.m. today for a game rescheduled from last Thursday because of the cold weather, improved to 2-0. The Tigers beat rival Hilldale 6-5 on Monday.

“I try to focus on spots where to throw when I’m pitching,” he said. “Coach knows the spots where I need to throw.”

The Tigers were aggressive on the basepaths, stealing five bases and slapping seven hits. Taylor Richey’s two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning ended the game on the run-rule.

“We have to be aggressive,” Smith said. “We’re young and we have quickness on this team. The only one who isn’t quick is me. I’m like a dry creek.”

Richey’s home run capped a four-run inning. Jordan Peacock doubled home Jackson for his second RBI in the game and Parnell singled in Peacock for his second of two hits in the game. Parnell also doubled in the two-run second inning and later scored on a groundout.

Richey also scored on a fielding error in the second. Kacy Cook’s fly out to center field scored Kacy Cook in the third inning.

The defensive play of the game was turned in by Fort Gibson in the fourth inning.

With Locust Grove’s Jacob Heckadon on second with a one-out double, Chris Jones hit a fly ball to the Tiger center fielder Billy Waltrip and Waltrip fired the ball to Richey, the third baseman. Richey tagged the sliding Heckadon for the inning-ending double play.

Locust Grove dropped to 1-5 and Taylor Ragsdale, who pitched with 4.1 innings before being relieved, was the losing pitcher (0-2).

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