Lynchburg, VA- History was made at Calvin Falwell Field Friday night in a doubleheader sweep. Aaron Northcraft threw his first professional no-hitter, while fanning a career-high 10 in a 3-0 win in game two.
With the Hillcats faithful still in the stands, history was completed on a 0-1 count when Michael Almanzar hit a high chopper over to Landoni at second and he made the easy flip to Chris Garcia at first.
Northcraft said he realized what he was doing in the 5th inning. He was drafted in the 10th round out of high school and played for Danville in 2010. This season he's 7-and-4 with a 3.38 ERA and last night he struck out ten giving him 78 strikeouts in 80 innings.
The Gatorade bath took place as the Hillcats rushed their teammate. It was the first no-hitter since 1995 for the 'Cats and their first complete game, no-hitter in franchise history.
Northcraft's historical day moved his season record to 7-4. He sat down 10 Red Sox in his seven innings, while walking two and hitting one. His counter-part, Scott Swinson (0-2), went four and one-third innings. He allowed three runs--two earned--on four hits. Swinson struck out five and walked two.