Twelve months ago in the season opener for both teams, Collierville beat Briarcrest 1-0 in 11 innings.
The same two teams opened the 2019 season Monday in Collierville and the fans saw another classic pitchers' duel.
This one only took seven innings and featured two different pitchers, but the Dragons won again, 1-0.
Peyton Calitri, a Walters State signee, was dominant. He struck out five, walked none and allowed just two hits in a complete-game effort.
Matthew McDaniel and Tyler Harrington each singled for Briarcrest in the top of the first, but Calitri worked out of the jam. It was lights out after that, though, as Calitri retired the final 19 batters of the game.
The lone run of the game came in the bottom of third. Ty Leatherwood reached on an error and was replaced by courtesy runner Nick Hassler. With two outs, Sam Poindexter brought him home with a double to center and that's all Calitri would need.
Mick Arney pitched very well for Briarcrest. He struck out three, walked none and allowed just four hits over six innings.
Singles by Noah Hattier, Leatherwood and Riley Davis accounted for the Dragons' other hits.
Calitri was very efficient, throwing just 84 pitches, 62 of which were strikes.
The Dragons return to action today at 4 p.m. at Bartlett High School against Covington.
In other action:
• Evangelical Christian School opened its season on the road Monday and fell to Munford, 5-2.
The Eagles scored a run in the top of the first and trailed just 2-1 before Munford scored three times in the bottom of the sixth. ECS rallied for one run in the seventh.
Dawson Williams, who was 2 for 4 at the plate with an RBI, struck out nine and allowed four hits over 5.1 innings to take the loss.
Mason Shropshire was 2 for 3 for ECS and Austin Hill, Jacob Hatcher and Tucker White each had one hit.
Hunter Reed paced Munford’s offense with a triple and two RBIs.
• St. George’s opened its 2019 baseball season in Mississippi Monday and took a 4-2 loss to Gulfport High School.
The Gryphons led 2-0 before Gulfport rallied for a run in the third and three more in the fifth.
Andy Bean struck out seven and allowed three hits over four innings for St. George’s. Spencer Smith struck out three in two innings or relief and took the loss.
Reagan Buford hit a solo homer for St. George’s, Nick Seward drove in a run and Bean singled.