On Monday March 20, Brian Maloney, senior, threw a no-hitter against Waukegan High School in a dominant 11-0 win. This was just the third no-hitter in Wheeling Baseball History, and it came on the Opening Day for Wheeling against the sectional opponent Waukegan.
Maloney struck out ten of the twenty one batters he faced in a dominant opening day performance.
“Throwing a no-hitter never really seemed possible to me, but great offense and defense behind me made it possible. One of the best team wins I’ve ever been apart of,” Maloney said.
Not only did Maloney battle the other team, but Mother Nature as well.
“The weather was the biggest challenge. The first inning was pretty cold, but as the game progressed, and I moved around more, the cold bothered me a lot less,” Maloney said.
For a pitcher, your hands are the most important thing to be successful because you need a good grip on the ball to execute. Brian was able to battle the elements and the opponent to make history.
Maloney achieved something that not only is extremely rare in Wheeling baseball, but something that most student athletes dream of since their early baseball days. Maloney’s catcher, Drew Roberts, junior, was quite proud of the achievement.
“I was obviously surprised and honestly I didn’t realize it till the middle of the 5th (inning), but we always expect him to come through for us and he did that in a big way,” Roberts said.
“Maloney and Drew were locked together the entire game, and defensively we played error free baseball, with a no hitter saving play by Jack Splett diving to his forehand between 3rd (base)and shortstop, and throwing to Bryan Niznik, senior, for the force (play) at 2nd (base),” Jason Wieder, head baseball coach said.
Overall the effort by Maloney and the defense behind him showed the energy of the baseball team for WHS.