No one in Kingman’s dugout realized Trey Johnson was on his way to pitching a no-hitter against Nickerson on Tuesday, according to Kingman coach Toby Munz.
Kingman lost to Nickerson 1-0 on an unearned run. Johnson threw 78 pitches in seven innings, including 64 strikes. Johnson had no walks. Kingman had one hit against Nickerson’s Quentin Crandall.
“It was a great pitching duel, and a pitching anomaly to lose a no-hitter,” Munz said. “I’ve never seen it before.”
Johnson was selected all-Class 4A by the coaches association last year with 70 strikeouts and two walks in 46 innings.
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Burba gets national honor — Before the season started, Campus’ Justin Burba was already receiving national recognition. Burba was the only Kansas player named to the preseason Louisville Slugger All-American team.
“When I got that call from my mom, I didn’t know what to think about it,” Burba said. “There was a lot of pressure to do well this season.”
In Campus’ 4-0 start, Burba’s batting average is .333 with two RBIs, a slow start after finishing last season with a .508 batting average. According to Campus coach Bryan Clasen, it won’t be long before Burba’s batting average catches up to last year’s.
Burba, who has signed to play at Oklahoma, is hitting second in the order, and his strength is hitting to the gaps.
“The kids like having a preseason All-American on the team. He’s a five-tool player, he can hit for average, hit for power, his arm strength is great and very accurate and he can also run very well,” Clasen said. “He’s got it all, he’s an extraordinary athlete and doesn’t have a whole lot of weaknesses.”
In his senior year, Burba has taken a leadership role.
“He’s been working his tail off for four years for us,” Clasen said. “He deserves everything that comes his way, he’s worked hard for it, and he’s a good kid.”
North offense sparks early wins— Two years ago, North coach Kyle Sanders knew he was going to have to start from scratch. He was welcoming a virtually new team with players learning the game.
The Redskins struggled through the learning process, winning three games in 2010 and four games in 2011. But now Sanders is seeing growth, highlighted by a season-opening sweep of Southeast.
“We’re different, we have pretty much the whole team back. Now they have some games and maturity under their belts,” Sanders said. “They’re still learning and they’re getting better, but they still have a long way to go.”
The Redskins defeated Southeast 15-0, then scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to complete the sweep, 8-7.
Tanner Raiburn leads North with a .667 average and five RBIs, followed by Everardo Escamilla (.455). The game-winning hit Saturday against Southeast came from junior Will Strickland, who is batting .300 with two RBIs.
“They all have to contribute in order for us to be successful,” Sanders said. “We are a well-rounded team, we just want to continue to improve.”