A high school pitcher from Maryland was forced to skip his pregame warmup session in the bullpen after his team's trip to Wal-Mart took too long. It didn't matter, though. He threw a no-hitter and struck out 16 of the 21 batters he faced.
According to The Washington Post, Jack Alkire, a high school senior from DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland, was in Arizona with his travel team last weekend when the team "made a Wal-Mart stop ... that lasted longer than expected." The team arrived at the field 20 minutes prior to the start of its game.
Alkire didn't have time to do a full bullpen session, so he "did a quick long toss session, threw about five pitches on the warning track" and then went up to bat in the top half of the first.
Alkire allowed only one baserunner, who reached on an error and was thrown out trying to steal.
Maybe he'll just quit warming up entirely.
- Dan Gartland