Wylie East's Garrett McCain no-hits McKinney North, 3-0

Stewart F. House - Special Contributor

MCKINNEY — Whenever Wylie East’s hard-throwing lefty Garrett McCain pitches, a no-hitter is a possibility. It became a reality in a 3-0 victory over District 13-4A rival McKinney North.

McCain struck out 11, walked four and needed a diving catch by right fielder Justin Feemster to hand North its first home loss since late in the 2012 season. An Oklahoma State signee, McCain (5-0) got his first no-hitter since a district against Greenville last season. East (17-3, 6-0) will finish in the top spot for the first half of district.

“I felt like I was hitting my spots and that makes all the difference,” McCain said. “I got in a little trouble in the fifth and coach came out, but you just have to smile and have fun.”

North (12-4, 4-2) didn’t have a runner reach second until a walk and wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth. That was North’s best chance at scoring and only inning of multiple base runners. After starting off with a strikeout, McCain walked three consecutive batters to load the bases with one out and East holding a 3-run lead. McCain used a rare breaking pitch inside to strike out No. 2 hitter Gabe Constantine. McCain preserved the shutout with a Preston Speers ground out to second to end the inning.

“He’s such a battler I don’t really worry about getting the bases loaded,” East coach Heath Andrews said. “If he walks the first two guys, he can strike out the next three. He finds a way.”

McCain threw mostly fastballs with his 128 pitches, staying around 87-88 mph but occasionally touching 90 as he rolled up nine strikeouts in the first four innings.

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