By: Jake Salzbrunn 42Fifty Staff Writer
In a baseball game, the odds of throwing a no-hitting are 1-1,562. Freshman pitcher Devin Hoffman did that such thing March 22 when the Freshman team played at Naperville North.
The Freshman won with the final score of 8-0. When I spoke to Devin about what he felt like going into the game he said, “I felt pretty good, it was my first high school start and I just wanted to make an impact and show the coaches what I got and get the W.”
He sure did show them something, by only throwing 76 total pitches and of those 76, 56 were for strikes. He did hit a batter in the second inning with a curveball but a double play that happened next at bat helped him to face the minimum number of batters, 21.
Hoffman said after the game, “It felt pretty good having won the game and throwing a no-hitter, my family is very supportive and teammates were too.”
One point late in the game Hoffman almost lost the no-hit bid when a line drive was hit to left field where Sam Bolander made the catch.
The team did keep quiet till the last inning, “They kinda kept it on the downlow till like the 7 inning when they almost took me out to play shortstop and then Bradford would come on in, but when I got back in is when” Hoffman said.
It’s just the beginning of the season so come out and support all levels of baseball and see if Devin can throw another no-hitting or maybe next time don’t hit the kid with a curveball and throw a perfect game.
Jake Salzbrunn covers Oswego High School sports. He can be reached at email@example.com or contact the publication directly at firstname.lastname@example.org