Can we just talk about what happened last night?
No, I’m not referencing what happened on American Idol or Grey’s Anatomy (if people still watch those shows).
Last night in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs, Krum lefty pitcher Ty Damron struck out 17 batters and pitched an abbreviated no-hitter in a 11-0 victory over Celina.
Since Krum scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning and the Bobcats were leading by more than 10 runs, the game was called after the sixth, so Damron didn’t get to pitch all seven innings.
But let’s dwell on this for a little bit.
Damron, who’s already signed to pitch for Tim Tadlock at Texas Tech next year, completely dominated the contest.
The left-handed hurler picked up 17 of the 18 outs needed to get through six innings of work. The only reason he didn’t have a perfect game, according to the story, was a strikeout that got away from catcher Josh Reeves and a walk.
So, in other words, only one Celina batter was able to put the ball in play last night. For one pitcher to be that dominant, in a playoff game no less, is remarkable.
Damron’s success is also a reason why it’s important to win the coin flip that decides if a playoff matchup will be a one-game playoff or a three-game series.
With a one-game playoff, if a team has one good pitcher and it’s somebody like Damron, the odds of advancing go up tremendously. Krum head coach Ray Miller won the flip and avoided a three-game series and having his kids play on prom night.
You can’t ask for a better start to the weekend than that.
Class 2A Bi-District Playoffs
Ponder vs. Whitney at Mansfield Ridge, 3:45 p.m.,
Class 3A Bi-District Playoffs
Sanger vs. Frisco Lone Star at Denton, 7 p.m.
Class 4A Bi-District Playoffs
Guyer at Saginaw, 7:30 p.m.
Class 2A Area Playoffs
Ponder vs. Pilot Point at Denton, 6:30 p.m.
Class 3A Area Playoffs
Nevada Community at Sanger, 6:30 p.m.
Aubrey vs. Ferris at Plano John Paul II, 7 p.m.
Class 4A Area Playoffs
Aledo at Guyer, 7:30 p.m.