In his past two starts, Southlake Carroll pitcher and TCU commitment Tyler Alexander stared at a zero in the opponents hit column headed into the seventh inning and couldnt seal the deal.
The third time was the charm.
The Carroll ace and future Horned Frog picked up his first high school no-hitter Friday, an 8-0 gem against host Keller Fossil Ridge.
This is the third week in a row Ive been in that situation and I messed it up twice, Alexander said with a laugh. I was just trying to throw strikes and stay within myself and not try to do too much.
In reality, Alexander (8-0) did almost everything, striking out 14, including five caught looking. The only thing separating Alexander from a perfect game was a pitch that plunked Panthers catcher Luis Rivas in the bottom of the second.
That was probably one of the more dominant pitching performances Ive ever seen in high school, Fossil Ridge coach Doug Dulany said of Alexanders effort.
Dulanys starter, Sheldon Neuse, held a no-no with one out in the fourth inning, but saw that bid and the game drop quickly after a triple by second baseman Conner Combs for Carroll (25-3, 12-1 District 4-5A). Center fielder Chris Altimont followed an intentional walk of third baseman Kenny Hill to drive in both Combs and Hill for a 2-0 lead. Carroll added four more in the sixth and two in the seventh to put a bow on the district win.
After the final out for Fossil Ridge (23-6, 9-4) was recorded, Alexanders teammates rushed onto the field and swarmed the pitcher in a half-sarcastic, half-serious celebration.
The last two Friday nights hes had a perfect game and a no-hitter going into the seventh inning with one out and then given up a hit a dinker and a legitimate base hit, Dragon coach Larry Hughes said. Thats why we celebrated a little, because he closed it out tonight.
Carroll, however, had much more to celebrate, clinching the District 4-5A title with the win.
[Winning the district championship] is a load off our back, said Alexander, the man who carried the load Friday night.
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