NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Victory No. 600 for Noel Boucher at Conway High was extra special.
The only thing missing Saturday night was the postgame fireworks.
The Conway baseball coach saw junior righthander Bubba Carter (8-0) throw a no-hitter and the Wampus Cats (18-8) moved one step closer to playing for a state championship with a 6-0 victory over North Little Rock at Vince DeSalvo Stadium.
The Cats will play Bryant in Monday’s noon semifinal. The winner will meet the Cabot-Fayetteville winner for the state title.
“I thought it was one of the best performances we’ve had all year,” said Carter, who hit one batter and walked another, facing only two hitters above the minimum. “I knew I had a no-hitter going into the seventh but I tried not to think to much about it and pysche myself out.”
The Charging Wildcats (15-11) committed six errors.
“We did a good job of putting the ball in play and we hit the ball enough to make us comfortable the way our guy was pitching,” Boucher said. “Defensively, we were moving where we needed to move and got ourselves in the right position. We are doing what we need to do at this stage of the season.”
The Cats scored all the runs they needed in the third. Carson Cook and Evan Wilson came in on infield errors and Jacob Adams added an RBI single.
Conway scored twice in the fourth on an RBI double by Adams and a single by Connor Williams that got by the rightfielder that put him on third.
After the Charging Wildcats’ sixth error, Evan Wilson drove in the Cats’ final run in the sixth.