Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Tuscaloosa Academy Benefits from No-Hitter, Odd Play

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Tuscaloosa Academy Benefits from No-Hitter, Odd Play

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Tuscaloosa Academy senior pitcher Lathan Johnson delivered on his no-hitter prediction, and the Knights benefited from a strange play to gain a split in Thursday's doubleheader with Edgewood Academy.

Edgewood Academy, the defending AISA Class A champion, won the opener 3-2. Tuscaloosa Academy, the defending Class AAA champion, won the second game 1-0.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, catcher William Heath was hit by a pitch. Taylor Hawthorne came on to pitch and recorded two outs, but Heath went to second on a wild pitch.

Dustin Jenkins hit a grounder that was fielded by second baseman David Cayton. Hawthorne went to cover first and took the throw. Jenkins was called safe as Hawthorne fell to the ground. Tuscaloosa Academy coach Patrick Jones didn't hesitate to send Heath on home to end it.

"We were going all the way," Jones said. "On nights where you're not exactly swinging the bats as well as you're accustomed to, you've got to find runs any way you can. You've just got to make them make a play and throw you out. Fortunately, (Hawthorne) ended up having to dive for the bag, so he wasn't going to be able to make a play at the plate anyway, even if he recognized that William was going."

Johnson (7-1) struck out eight and walked four.

"I told everybody (Wednesday) I was going to come out here and throw a no-hitter," Johnson said. "They didn't believe it, but I came out here and did it.

"I wasn't feeling the best. We've been having a lot of schoolwork, but I was going to be a bulldog and fight through it. Really, it was the curveball and just throwing my fastball as hard as I could. The fastball was what was getting them a whole lot."

Chase Laney (7-3) pitched 1




innings in taking the loss.

Edgewood Academy (34-4) was ranked No. 1 in the latest poll. Tuscaloosa Academy (26-5) was No. 2.

"It's like that every time we play Tuscaloosa Academy," Edgewood Academy coach Bobby Carr said. "Patrick does a good job with their guys, and they do things the right way.

"You hate to see a game end the way it ended. It was obvious our pitcher tripped over the base, and they said he didn't touch the base. …

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