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Pitcher skips warmup because of Wal-Mart trip, throws no-hitter

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 PostJack 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.

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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.

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Alkire allowed only one baserunner, who reached on an error and was thrown out trying to steal.

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Maybe he'll just quit warming up entirely.

- Dan Gartland