Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — Bulldogs baseball coach Leslie Simon has been at Kenmore East for 13 years and has seen a lot of things — but never a no-hitter.
That is, until April 3 this season.
Junior righty Jeff White took to the hill that day to battle Bishop Grimes, out of East Syracuse, in the second game of the Mingo Bay Classic, and he was feeling it from the moment he threw his first warm up pitch.
”Before the game I just put on my headphones, listened to my music and I just sort of focused on pitching,” White said. “I guess that day I warmed up and I felt really good. I was throwing all strikes and I usually can tell before a game if I’m going to throw pretty good.”
The Bulldogs have struggled in Niagara Frontier League play, going 1-6 to start the season. White is 0-3, but his 17 innings pitched and 14 strikeouts lead the team. His confidence is sky high after his memorable day under the sun at Myrtle Beach.
The no-hitter snuck up on White. As he walked into the dugout after five innings a teammate nudged him and said, “Look at the scoreboard. Keep it going.”
So White did what he’s known for: kicked at the rubber, put his head down and kept working.
”Six more outs,” was all that was running through his mind.
”My teammates were playing awesome behind me, not making a single error all game, and just making the routine plays,” White said. “The sixth inning finished and still no hits, so I figured we can get this done. In the seventh inning, I remember the last out was a high pop out behind third and I thought it was going to get dropped. Sure enough the left fielder came in and made the grab — it was awesome.”