Mitchell Smith might have been happier about getting his Pickerington High School North baseball team its first OCC-Ohio Division win of the season than the fact that he threw his first no-hitter in doing so.
Smith struck out five and walked four April 10, leading the Panthers to a 13-0, five-inning rout of host Gahanna.
Smith, an Ohio State recruit, threw 76 pitches and also had a team-high three hits.
“We were able to jump out to an early lead so I could go right at their hitters,” Smith said. “If they put the ball in play, I knew my defense would make plays behind me. I wouldn’t say any one pitch specifically was working; I was able to mix it up and keep them off balance.”
North scored three runs in the first inning and added six in the third to break the game open.
The Panthers improved to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the OCC-Ohio.
Smith said he didn’t realize he was throwing a no-hitter until the fifth inning.
“It didn’t help that (Gahanna) has a big scoreboard in the outfield showing the totals,” Smith said, laughing. “But I didn’t let myself think about it. It was good for us to get a win. We put together some competitive at-bats and got some great defense.”