As the weather heats up around the country, so too do the baseball pitching performances. Here are a few noteworthy efforts from earlier this week.
* No-hitters captured the headlines in West Virginia and Florida, as Caleb Fridley
and Bryan Sanchez
blanked opponents Tuesday.
Fridley, a junior at Nitro (W. Va.)
, shut down Roane County (Spencer, W. Va.) in a 7-0 victory. He struck out 10 and didn't walk a batter in notching his no-hitter. Meanwhile, Sanchez and Hialeah-Miami Lakes (Hialeah, Fla.)
needed only four innings to get past Central (Miami) in a 14-0 game shortened by the 10-run mercy rule. Sanchez fanned eight.
* Madison Central (Miss.)
ace Zach Irwin
didn't fare as well despite striking out as many as Fridley and Sanchez combined. Irwin, who has committed to the University of Mississippi, amassed 18 strikeouts, but it wasn't enough as Northwest Rankin (Brandon, Miss.)
rallied for a 5-4 victory in nine innings Tuesday.
As reported by the Clarion Ledger
, Reid Humphreys
delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to allow the Cougars to walk off with the win. Humphreys had struck out three times against Irwin, who allowed only five hits in the complete-game loss.
"I don't even know how I had confidence to even step back in the box," Humphreys told the newspaper. "Zach was on point all night. But somehow we just scrapped and found a win. "
* Bryant (Irvington, Ala.)
senior Garrett Kirkland
expected to be generating similar headlines this season, but Tommy John surgery curtailed those plans. Instead, Kirkland has helped the program's junior varsity pitchers while getting ready to pitch in college next season. Check out AL.com
for its feature on Kirkland and how he continues to be involved with the game he loves.