In his 15 years coaching high school baseball, Mountain View High’s Kris Mims said he had never seen what his ace pitcher Gabe Barrett did Friday afternoon. He threw a no-hitter that included a school-record 17 strikeouts in the Spartans’ 3-0 league win over visiting Wilcox.
“To go out like that (as a senior) – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime performance,” Mims said. “A lot of people dream of pitching a no-hitter and, as I told him afterward, they can never take that away from you.”
Making the day even more memorable: The player behind the plate was Barrett’s brother, freshman Liam.
“It was so cool that his brother caught him,” Mims said. “That was special.”
Barrett struck out the first eight batters Friday and was still going strong in the fifth inning.
“His velocity wasn’t decreasing – he threw 87 (mph) – his mechanics looked good and he didn’t look tired,” Mims said.
The coach didn’t get concerned until the seventh, when Barrett was nearing his pitch limit. High school pitchers can’t start a batter if they are beyond 105 pitches, and he was at 102 with two away in the seventh.
“If he had walked him, I would have had to bring in a reliever,” Mims said. “I’m not sure if he knew (his pitch count), but I’m pretty certain he did.”
No matter; Barrett struck out the batter to end the game. His 17 strikeouts breaks the school record he set in Mountain View’s season-opening win over Sobrato last month – Barrett notched 16 and had a no-hitter going into the fifth – and is one shy of the Central Coast Section record, according to Mims.
“He’s as good of a pitcher as I’ve seen come through here,” the coach said of Barrett, who improved to 3-0 Friday and has an ERA of 0.37. “He has one of the best arms, and he’s the hardest thrower for sure that I’ve coached.”
Barrett is scheduled to start Friday’s 4 p.m. home game against Los Altos. The Spartans (5-2) open the two-game series with the rival Eagles at 4 p.m. today at Los Altos.
The Eagles improved to 5-4 overall with Saturday’s 10-3 non-league victory at Leland.
“It was good to see the guys bounce back after a tough two-game slide, learn the lessons from the losses and apply them in this win,” said Los Altos coach Gabe Stewart, whose team was swept by league foe Palo Alto earlier in the week. “We’ll keep learning.”
Aaron Parker homered for Los Altos Saturday and Stuart Cash had three hits, including a double. Rowan Sims earned the win in his first varsity start.
Pinewood steamrolled its first two opponents by a combined 164-34 last week.
Emily Lee scored 22 points and Chance Bucher had 17 in the Panthers’ 84-17 rout of Sacred Heart Prep to open the season April 28. Two days later, visiting Pinewood crushed The King’s Academy 80-17 behind 17 points each from Lee and Bucher.
Los Altos remained undefeated by winning both its games against Los Gatos last week.
The Eagles cruised to a 55-40 road win over the Wildcats April 27 and then edged them 29-26 at home Friday.
Jamie Baum led Los Altos with 21 points Friday, and Mone Sekiguchi poured in 22 points in the earlier game.
The Eagles went to 4-0 in the SCVAL De Anza Division.
Mountain View edged Cupertino 41-36 Saturday, winning on the last match of the meet. Jack Hecht (170 pounds) prevailed via technical fall to break the 36-all tie.
Earlier, Tai Nguyen (145) pinned his opponent in just 16 seconds. The Scafidi brothers – Aidan (132), Gavin (160) and Devan (285) – also scored pins for the host Spartans.
Mountain View won its lone league match of last week, clipping Palo Alto 4-3 April 27 on the road.
The deciding match came at No. 3 singles, with Aiden Shiu rallying from a first-set defeat to prevail 6-4, 10-7 (super tiebreaker).
Mountain View won a pair of non-league games at home last week to even its overall record at 2-2.
The Spartans followed a 65-47 win over Evergreen Valley April 28 with a 57-51 triumph over Santa Teresa Friday.
St. Francis tipped off its season by beating Piedmont Hills 58-55 Saturday in non-league play.
Mountain View suffered a 17-2 loss to Los Gatos Saturday. Bailey Lunn and Riley McDonell scored for the Spartans.