There were broken bats Friday night at AT&T Field.
Thankfully, nobody broke a leg like skydiver Justin Silvia did Thursday night prior to the 11-inning season opener.
All of the drama Friday -- what little there was in a 1-hour, 59-minute game -- played out between the Lookouts and the Jackson Generals in Chattanooga's 2-0 win before a crowd of 3,061, who also enjoyed postgame fireworks.
Chattanooga starter Duke von Schamann confused the Generals for his entire seven-inning outing. He allowed just two hits -- a double in the second and a single in the sixth -- did not walk anybody and struck out two.
"He commanded all of his pitches in and out of the zone, and he was difficult," Lookouts manager Razor Shines said. "He was definitely the key."
Von Schamann (1-0) induced 10 ground-ball outs and threw 43 strikes on 63 pitches in his season debut.
"You can't expect seven innings of shutout [pitching] every time a kid goes out," Shines said. "If you're expecting that, nobody could live up to that expectation."
Chattanooga (1-1) scored its two runs after there were two outs and nobody on base in the fourth inning. Daniel Mayora reached when Jackson shortstop Ketel Marte couldn't handle a hot shot. O'Koyea Dickson walked. Then Scott Schebler lined a shot down the right-field line that plated both Mayora and Dickson.
"These kids will play hard every night," Shines said. "When you do that, you have a chance."
The Suns loaded the bases against Chattanooga reliever Juan Gonzalez in the top of the eighth inning, but he escaped his own troubles by getting Leon Landry -- hitting in the third spot -- to bounce out to second base.
Jarrett Martin earned the save.
"Duke had a little bump in the sixth, but he bounced back," Shines said. "He never gave us a reason to think he wasn't in command of the ballgame."
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David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...