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South grad makes Transy baseball history

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By Brad Stephens

Braden Johnson put his name in the Transylvania University record books over the weekend.

Johnson, a former South Oldham standout, threw the first no-hitter in the modern era of Transy baseball in a 12-0 win against Defiance College Sunday in Defiance, Ohio.

Johnson’s performance was the first nine-inning no-hitter in Pioneer baseball history, dating to 1996. His no-hitter was also the first in Heartland Conference play since 2005.

The freshman right-hander faced 28 batters and the only Defiance batter to reach base reached on a fifth inning error.

He struck out five batters while throwing just 84 pitches.

“My stuff felt great and the defense played awesome behind me,” Johnson said in a university release. “It was a lot of fun.”

Johnson was named Heartland Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week for his efforts.

Johnson was a four-year letter winner at South and was in the Dragons’ starting rotation every year.

He was named to the All-District team in 2013.