Baseball: Price is right in no-hitter

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By Sam Draut

Pitchers aren’t supposed to be told they’re throwing a no-hitter in between innings in the dugout by their teammates. It didn’t matter for Lincoln Price.

The junior tossed a no-hitter against Ryle in the Louisville Invitational Tournament (LIT) Friday April 27 at Louisville Male. Price had five strikeouts in seven innings of work, holding Ryle hitless in a 6-0 victory for South Oldham baseball.

“Lincoln [Price] had tremendous success because he was locating all three of his pitches and kept the hitters off-balance,” South Oldham coach Matt Walker said. “He was dialed in and able to throw any pitch in any count.”

Throughout the game, Price was told by Dragon centerfielder Brandon Elsbury that he was throwing a no-hitter, but it didn’t seem to bother Price. He threw first-pitch strikes to nine batters, using primarily two pitches.

“I relied heavily on my two-seam (fastball) and slider, they both were getting pretty nice movement,” Price said.

He said he started feeling good after the third inning as he settled in and his legs got looser.

Price used his two-seam to get ahead of hitters.

“I approached every hitter with fastballs early and really just threw it over the plate because they hadn’t shown me they could hit my two-seam,” Price said.

With fatigue setting in as his legs wore down in the final two innings, Price said he had to focus much more on each pitch as his pitch count rose. In the last inning, along with fatigue, Price noticed the weight of the potential accomplishment.

“I felt a little bit of nerves in the seventh when I realized one bad pitch could ruin it, but I got over it after the first out,” Price said.

Price was aided by defenders behind him. Walker said the Dragons played their best defensive game of the year, making tough plays while committing no errors.