April 23, 2015
A blooper was the only thing that denied Wasilla’s Jonathan Boyer a place among baseball royalty.
The freshman pitcher for Blue Mountain Community College in Washington flirted with a no-no before settling for a 1-hitter in a 13-0 win over Wenatchee Valley during NWAC action.
Boyer carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before he gave up a soft base hit with one out. The 6-foot-t right-hander faced only 24 batters en route to throwing his first college complete game.
“I got a lot of first-pitch outs that they were swinging at, putting into play and getting out,” Boyer told the East Oregonian.
Boyer started the season in the bullpen and this was just his second appearance where he pitched more than one inning.
He was on a pitch count due to an elbow injury, but that didn’t hold him back.
“The last couple of weeks it’s started to feel pretty good and I’ve just let coach put me to work.”
Boyer, of Colony High fame, improved to 2-0 and lowered his ERA to 0.50 in 18 innings. He has allowed one run in the last month.
He hopes his pitching can make the difference down the stretch as Blue Mountain contends for NWAC playoff berth.
“It’s now or never and I think that’s how everyone is feeling about it,” he said. “If we want to have a chance, it’s time to start tightening up and going for it.”
This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.