Back in March, before the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled school for the year, Harrison Wilson tossed the first no-hitter in Catawba Ridge history.

FORT MILLNo-hitters are rare, but always historic. But some are even more so.

                Sophomore Harrison Wilson tossed a five-inning no-hitter in a 10-0 win over Fairfield Central March 10th, in one of the last games on the inaugural season for Copperhead baseball, which was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wilson, who also played quarterback for Catawba Ridge this past fall, struck out 14 hitters, while walking two batters. He threw 89 pitches in the no-hitter with 56 of them being strikes. It was his first start on the mound for Catawba Ridge.

                The game was just the fifth game ever for Catawba Ridge and their first ever home game. Wilson said that he was so focused in on the task at hand, and didn’t realize he hadn’t given up a hit.

                “I was just pitching,” he said. “I was pitching to contact to see if they could hit the fastball. They couldn’t really catch up with it so I relied on that a lot.”

                Wilson didn’t realize the accomplishment until after the game, which ended with the help of a walk-off hit from Brody Tesimale in the fifth inning.

                “I knew they had very few hits,” he said.

                Wilson plans on playing college baseball eventually after his time is up in the next two years with the Copperheads. Head coach Stas Swerdzewski said he is looking forward to seeing his pitcher, who also plays shortstop, continue to lead over the next two seasons.

                “It was great to have Harrison out there and pitch as well as he did,” Swerdzewski said. “It was definitely a memorable first game in The Swamp (what the team calls their home field).”

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