He pitched a complete game throwing 92 pitches as 68 of them zoomed over the plate for a strike. That kind of command led to 11 strikeouts and no walks.
The always humble Naile had little to say about his work on the mound but did say that he 'got lucky' with his walks, or rather, lack thereof.
"We brought it today," he said. "We didn't swing the bats as well as we wanted to but, we played solid defense. Chaffee's no slouch and we did a lot of good things today. I'm just happy with our effort."
Naile led the Charleston Bluejays to a 3-1 win at Hillhouse Park in Charleston on Friday evening out-dueling Chaffee's Andrew Dooley.
"James threw the ball tremendous. He did an excellent job," Charleston head coach Michael Minner said. "He was in command all day and kept the ball down. He struck out a lot. That's the difference in the ballgame."
It seemed that as the game progressed, so did Naile. The Bluejays' number one hurler kept at a brisk pace with his work on the mound never wavering from what he wanted to do.
"We want to work quick on the mound and we want to throw strikes and that keeps your defense on your toes," said Minner. "James was just in command today. Every time he steps on the mound we're going to have a chance to win and we know that. We're going to ride him like that."
He allowed three hits and was faced with a serious threat only once.
Naile struck out four of the first five batters he saw but gave up back-to-back hits just one out away from ending the second inning. Chaffee's Andrew Terhune drove in the Red Devils' lone run of the day on Charleston's only error of the day.
Bluejays' second baseman Marshall Stallings committed an error allowing Terhune to reach first and allowing Jared Walker to cross the plate. That tied the game at one run apiece after Stallings scored in the first inning off a sacrifice fly from senior Zach Rowland.
Charleston tacked on one run in the fourth and fifth innings to give themselves some breathing room. After roping a double down the left field line, Ethan Browning, who led the Bluejays with two hits, raced home off a single by Danny McKinney. Rowland knocked in his second run of the day scoring Trey Watkins who beat out a bunt for a single a few batters earlier.
"Offensively, we've been talking about hitter's counts and I thought we did a pretty good job," Minner said. "We got the runs when we needed them and held on for a tight ballgame. We took some good cuts on some pitches and we beat a good pitcher. Dooley, he's a top-notch pitcher and he's a good competitor."
Dooley, in his first outing of the year, took the loss in his five innings of work. He threw 89 pitches and allowed all three runs. Despite being hit with Charleston's runs, Dooley threw the ball well enough to record 10 strikeouts and hit the strike zone 62 times. Just like Naile, Dooley did not walk a single batter.
"Hopefully he'll bounce back," Chaffee head coach Brian Horrell said about Dooley. "We're expecting to use him this year and hopefully good things are to come."
Naile allowed just one runner to reach base after the second inning when Jason Cicardi hit a single up the middle in the fifth. He sat down seven straight to end it.
"This was his second start of the year and I thought he got stronger as the game went on," Horrell said about Naile. "It would have been nice to take advantage of a couple of those opportunities early."
Naile ended the game just like he had started it, by striking out the side.
"We had a lot of confidence going into the last inning," Naile said. "We had a two run lead and coach just told me to do my thing out there and luckily we just got it done."
Charleston 100 110 0 -- 3
Chaffee 010 000 0 -- 1
WP -- James Naile (Char.) (1-1). LP -- Andrew Dooley (Chaf.) (0-1). Multiple hitters: CHARLESTON -- Ethan Browning 2. CHAFFEE -- none. 2B -- Browning, Alex Horton (Chaf.).