THIS IS WHAT A CHAMPION LOOKS LIKE — Kyle Warner is pictured, holding his no-hitter game ball. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — Springville-Griffith Institute sophomore Kyle Warner recently joined his New Era 15U travel team at the Top Gun Classic Tournament in Kent, Ohio.
During the 10 years he has played baseball, Warner has thrown complete games, shutouts and eclipsed 14 strikeouts, during a single game.
During the quarterfinal game of the tournament, on July 7, Warner did something he has never done before: throw a no-hitter.
The athlete pitched seven innings, without allowing a single hit. The complete game was his second of the season. Warner also threw a five-hitter against the Brampton Royals, in early June.
With two outs and a 1 – 1 count, in the bottom of the seventh, Warner got Anthony Corsi to pop out to Kyle McCarthy and complete the no-no, as New Era won 7 – 1.
“Throwing my first career no-hitter was just unreal and kind of emotional,” Warner said, about the rare feat. “I had a great defense behind me. Hayden Ewell made a great catch, to save my no-hitter and many other great plays, as well. With this being a quarterfinal game against the No. 2 seed and us being the seventh [seed], made it even more special. It felt amazing to help my team move on in the tournament.”
A no-hitter is rarely achieved, in any level of competitive baseball. In Major League Baseball, one no-hitter is thrown, every 850 games.
Warner was playing Cleveland Select, a team that included players from the Cleveland area. Cleveland Select scored its only run in the third inning, as a result of a fielding error by New Era. Since that run was scored on an error, it was not recorded as an official hit, keeping the no-hitter intact.
Warner threw 118 pitches, during seven innings, while striking out nine, for the win.
“My fastball was untouchable,” he said. “I was hitting every spot that I needed to, in order to sit them down.
“My curve ball was a great go-to pitch, when I needed to win a battle,” the Springville athlete added. “I stayed away from the change-up, because they couldn’t catch up to my fastball.”
Kyle got on top of batters early in counts, by throwing 17 first-pitch strikes. Out of the 118 pitches he threw in the game, 71 were thrown for strikes. He brought his bat to the game, as well, leading the team with 2 runs scored.
Teammate Tyler Wood went three-and-four and had 2 RBIs, to pace New Era at the plate. New Era entered the top of the seventh inning, clinging to a 3 – 1 lead. With the game still winnable for Cleveland Select, Springville resident Kyle McCarthy hit an RBI single, to take a 4 – 1 lead. New Era scored 3 more runs in the inning, to break it open.
McCarthy went two-and-four. Leading his team, he hit .333 for New Era.
The athlete leads the team with an earned run average of 1.48 and leads the team, with 47 strikeouts. During the 33 innings Warner pitched, he has allowed seven earned runs. His pitching record stands at 5 – 1.
In addition to the no-hitter, Warner said that a highlight from the weekend was playing on Kent State University’s field and touring that team’s clubhouse.
Team New Era finished third out of the tournament’s 16 teams. When the weekend came to a close, Warner took home the game ball, on which was written “no-hitter.” The New Era team also traveled to Michigan, to compete in another baseball tournament.