No-hitter with 17 strikeouts: Story behind Mountain View High pitcher’s game for the ages

The day before he pitched the game of his high school life, Mountain View’s Gabe Barrett told his coach that he felt good and was looking forward to avenging their team’s loss to Wilcox earlier in the week.

Barrett wasn’t good Friday.

He was great.

The senior struck out 17 Wilcox batters and did not allow a hit — that’s right, a 17-strikeout no-hitter — as Mountain View won on its home field 3-0.

The first eight hitters went down on strikes, so did the last one.

The game ended with a muted celebration because of COVID-19 restrictions — some high-fives, and pats on the back — but no dogpile.

That’s OK.

Barrett had his dogpile experience two years ago when he recorded the final out to clinch a Central Coast Section championship.

Winning CCS as a sophomore closer is by far his most cherished baseball moment, Barrett told the Bay Area News Group, but what unfolded Friday is second.

“It was fun, man,” Barrett said. “It was really fun.”

What made the game even more special was that Barrett’s brother, Liam, a freshman, was the catcher. Liam isn’t a catcher by trade. But because Mountain View has more experience at the position he’ll eventually play — outfield — he’s spending this season behind the plate.

“He’s adjusting to it pretty well,” Barrett said. “He’s been catching for me his whole life. It’s been great to play with him and build with him as a player.”

Barrett averaged between 87-88 mph with his fastball, topping out at 90.8.

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The right-hander threw 107 pitches.

“The fastball was working,” Barrett said. “The curveball was working, too.”

Had the last batter walked, Mountain View coach Kris Mims said, Barrett would have been removed because of the 110-pitch limit in high school. He finished with three walks in the seven-inning game.

“It would have been really awkward pulling him out and letting someone else try to get that final out of the no-hitter,” Mims said.

It never got to that point.

The last pitch was a called third strike, recorded on video by Barrett’s parents for a keepsake.

“It was super fun,” Chris Barrett wrote in a direct message about watching his sons. “I coached both of them off and on since they were 5. They had one previous season together in Mountain View Little League when Gabriel was 12 & Liam was 9. Glad to just be a dad and watch now.”

Nathaniel Harris had a clear view of his 6-foot, 185-pound teammate’s gem as the centerfielder. He called it unbelievable.

“I thought every ball was going to be hit to me today,” Harris said. “No ball was hit. Every inning, he came into the dugout looking for more. He was never done. He’s just a fighter.

“Being out there, especially facing Wilcox, some heavy swingers, I was expecting a little more. But Gabriel shut ’em out and threw anything past them.”

Two days earlier, Wilcox shut out Mountain View 4-0 to improve to 3-0.

Mountain View High senior Gabe Barrett pitches a no-hitter with 17 strikeouts Friday in a 3-0 victory over Wilcox. …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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