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Greetings from Mt. Airy Baseball field! (Philadelphia, PA)

Today was my third time being the starting pitcher for my high school baseball team, the Science Leadership Academy Rockets! The first two times I pitched, I was really nervous but really enjoyed having the game revolve around me, it’s a totally new experience from playing any other position in baseball. There’s a real sense of being on the big stage, as everyone waits for you to wind up and throw your pitch. Today we were facing a pretty good team, they have one “fugly” jersey though, bright green and brown trim. We were wearing our stylish royal blue and white as per usual. I was feeling really calm today, after getting all the jitters out in the first two games. The weather was beautiful, perfect for baseball, 80 degrees, partly cloudy, with the wind at my back. As I warmed up to pitch, practicing my unique long stride toward the plate, the other team was a bit taken aback by this unusual pitching style. The first three batters went back to the dugout, with a strikeout, as quickly as they had come up. Usually I would let up at least a hit or a walk in the first inning of my prior games, but after doing that I was filling up with confidence and ready to pitch again. I actually wanted our team to score a run, and then get three outs quickly so I could continue pitching, but we ended up scoring 9 in the first inning which isn’t bad either. In the third inning, I faced a guy who was about 5 feet tall in heels, and his strike zone was the size of a smartphone, and I walked him. So, I still had a no hitter in tact. After that walk, for the rest of the game I did not let a single runner on base except for when my second baseman committed an error. Besides this minor mistake, I collected 11 strikeouts and my first ever No-Hitter in my baseball career.

The picture was taken by our team photographer who later on edited it in Photoshop to give it a unique look. Throwing a No-Hitter is something you don’t realize while its happening because you don’t want to jinx yourself, and it brought the team and myself a great sense of pride.

My No-Hitter

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