Austin Minor threw a no-hitter for Kingman in its 5-0 win over Clearwater last Thursday. It will go down as the first no-hitter in the school's history and a day that he will remember for the rest of his life. What makes it even more special for him is the fact that his twin brother Aaron was the guy behind the plate, catching and calling the pitches.
"It feels really good to know that I'm always going to have a place in history with the school," Austin said.
Aaron knew his brother would pitch well before they even took the field, but in the end they were both surprised by Austin's feat.
"He looked really good in his pre-game bullpen," Aaron said. "So I knew it was going to be a good night for him. But obviously you never go into a game expecting somebody to throw a no-no."
Austin added that he didn't even grasp what was happening until the game was more than halfway done.
"I was just out there really trying to keep my team in the game," Austin said. "In the fourth or fifth inning I kind of realized, 'Hey nobody's got a hit yet.' "
Austin racked up 13 strikeouts in his seven innings. He walked two.
He may not have thrown the no-hitter, but Aaron said the night was memorable for him too. He said that he and his brother are identical twins and have a special kind chemistry.
"It was really special just to catch a no-hitter and for you to be the guy catching every pitch really means a lot," Aaron said. "The pitcher has to execute, but for you to be the one calling every pitch really means a lot."
Andover Central keeps focus — By defeating Augusta in two come-from-behind games on Monday night, Andover Central improved to 15-3 with a 7-1 record in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail Division III.
It has a chance to clinch the league title with wins over Mulvane tonight, but senior Jack Gentry doesn't want his team to get caught up in playing strictly for that goal.
"We're really not too focused on winning a league championship," Gentry said. "We just go in and try to win one game at a time and see where that takes us."
Gentry felt like his team's ability to come back against Augusta proved it has the character to advance far in the playoffs. He pointed out the second game, in which a seven-run sixth inning was necessary to take the lead in what ended up being an 11-10 final.
"We were down in both games, both times we scored runs in the last couple of innings to show that we have a lot of heart," Gentry said. "We're not going to quit when things aren't going our way."
Teammate Kyle Johnston agrees.
"I think after the Augusta game we're ready," Johnston said. "That was a good warm-up for the last stretch of the season for us, and hopefully we will get two wins on Thursday."