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BUCKNER – For once Alex Grams didn’t want to hear his teammates chattering behind him when he was on the mound.
Grams, an Oldham County High School senior fired a perfect game in a 17-0 win over Trimble County April 14.
“I realized going into the fourth inning I had it and I just wanted to keep everybody quiet and not talking about it,” Grams said. “I didn’t want anything to jinx it.”
Grams struck out eight against no hits and no walks in facing the 15 batters in the Colonels’ five-inning win.
It was his first no-hitter in a career that started in little league.
“I have been close a couple of times, but this is the first one,” Grams said.
OCHS coach Scott Gerlach even did his part to keep the old baseball tradition of not mentioning a no hitter in progress in the dugout.
“I keep a pitching chart so I realized around the third inning,” Gerlach said. “When the guys started whispering about it I told them to shut up immediately.”
On a staff known more for returning stars Wade Mason and Taylor Riggs, Grams has led the Colonels in mound appearances this season.
“When he throws strikes he’s pretty tough to hit,” Gerlach said.
Grams said he felt good in warmups and gained confidence as the OCHS offense pounded out 20 hits and built a big lead early.
“I was hitting my spots and got in like a zone as the game went on,” he said. “It was just one of those days where everything was working.”
As the game wore on, he became more concerned with not losing the no hitter, but not walking anyone.
“I was nervous going into the last inning and just didn’t want to give up a walk and lose it that way,” Grams said.” “This shows what I can accomplish when I stay focused the whole game.”
Grams’ gem was the first perfect game since Dean Kiekhefter threw two in his senior season in 2006.
“It’s excting for him and something I think he will remember for a long time,” Gerlach said. “It’s one of those things no one can ever take away from him. When he gets old he can tell his kids their daddy threw a perfect game in high school.”
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