Zac Vierra – Co-Editor-in-Chief
Greg Sherman had never thrown a no-hitter in any level of baseball in his career. Not in little league, not in high school. He picked a good time for his first.
With the Lasers playing with heavy hearts after learning that the father of teammate Jake Salkovitz had passed away the night before,
Sherman no-hit Anna Maria College in the second game of a double-header on April 14.
Not only was the 5-0 victory the first no-hitter for Sherman, it was also the first in the young history of the Lasell Baseball program.
Warming up before the game Sherman went through his usual routine.
“It felt like a normal day, maybe a little bit better but once the game got going I felt like I was really on,” he said.
Through the first three innings Sherman was perfect and he realized he had the stuff for it to be a special outing.
“Usually you wouldn’t think about it until later but I felt really good that day and I started to notice that they hadn’t really hit me hard at all so I felt good early on,” said Sherman.
He stayed perfect through the first four frames before walking the leadoff man to begin the fifth. That would be the only free pass he would give all game as he would retire the next three batters.
The Lasers didn’t score until the fifth inning and with a no-hitter going, Sherman had some extra motivation.
“I was really locked in and focused. It was still kind of a close game so I had to bear down,” he said.
Sherman made it to the last batter of the game without allowing a hit. There had noteven been many close calls in the field. Then Justin Hyland, the only man who had reached base for Anna Maria, stepped to the plate and
hit a line drive to left field.
“I thought, ‘there it goes,’” said Sherman. “My heart stopped a little bit.”
But Matt Sammarco charged in from left and caught the sinking liner to finish the no-hitter. The Lasers mobbed Sherman in celebration.
“I’m still in shock. I never thought I was going to get a no-hitter. I have never really gotten that close before so it was a new experience,” said Sherman.
He finished allowing only one walk with five strikeouts in seven innings pitched. He went one batter over the minimum.
Lasell won the first end of the twin bill 10-7 before the 5-0 win completed the sweep. The team dedicated the day to Salkovitz after the loss he had suffered the night before.
“We played our butts off both games for that,” said Sherman. “We definitely played for [ Jake] that day.”
Since it was a scheduled doubleheader both games were seven innings instead of the usual nine. But Sherman thought he still would have had a shot for a no-no if it was a full game.
“I had just gotten through the meat of the order [in the seventh]so maybe [I could have kept it going]. They hit the ball hard in the last
inning so who knows,” said Sherman. “I had some gas left in the tank.”
For his performance Sherman was named Great Northeast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week. He was also named an honorable
mention for National Pitcher of the Week by The National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association.