Wyatt Avery, making his first start on the mound, came within two outs of a perfect game in leading Coats-Erwin to a 15-6 win over Shughart at Fort Bragg on Tuesday.
Avery finished with a one-hitter, striking out 11. Tucker Brown pitched well in relief, striking out four of six batters faced.
Braxton Davis led the 19-hit Falcon attack with four hits, with Avery and Hunter Thompson each adding three hits. Brown added two hits. Jamari Thompson, Cristian Barajas, Zamonte McDougald, Gavin Klein, C.J. Herring, Tucker Reagan and Jaleel White each had one hit.
The Falcons travel to Overhills Monday.
Coats-Erwin is now 2-0 on the season, while Shughart falls to 0-2.