(Frankclay) Perfection is the highest bar to reach, and West County’s J.D. Whitter was awfully close last week for the Bulldogs’ baseball team.
In their game against Crystal City on Thursday, Whitter tossed a five-inning no-hitter in a 10-0 mercy win and struck out 14 of the 15 batters he faced while allowing just two walks en route to being named our Applebee’s of Farmington Player of the Week.
West County baseball head coach Bobby Simily says he could tell quickly that Whitter was locked in.
There is an unwritten rule in the game of baseball that says when a pitcher is in the middle of a no-hitter, under no circumstance do you mention that they are indeed throwing a no-hitter.
As strange as that may sound to the casual fan, ask anyone who has ever stepped between the foul lines, it is an understood part of baseball’s hijinks.
Coach Simily says his team did a great job of keeping it light, having fun, but above all else, staying tight-lipped.
Whitter now carries a (2-0) record across three starts with a 0.82 ERA and 30 strikeouts over 17 innings pitched.
As the Applebee’s of Farmington Athlete of the Week, he will receive a T-shirt, a certificate, and a coupon good for one free entree at Applebee’s in Farmington.
Full Interview with Bobby Simily: