Written by Michael Florek
Baseball player of the week (4/21): Highland Park's Layne Looney
Layne Looney, Highland Park baseball
What he did: Looney threw a no-hitter against Carrollton Creekview, striking out 13, in a matchup of the top two teams in District 10-4A. Highland Park’s win clinched the head-to-head advantage over Creekview, pulling it into first place in the district with two games to go.
Who is he? A junior pitcher, designated hitter and catcher
The stats: This season, Looney has a 0.66 ERA in 53 innings pitched, with 83 strikeouts and 20 walks. At the plate, he is hitting .386 with three doubles, one triple, one home run and 8 RBIs.
He said it: “Honestly, I really didn’t [feel the pressure]. All I was really trying to do was make sure we got the win. It’s awesome to get the no-hitter but I was just making sure we’d win in the end, because right now we’re focused on winning district.”
Coach said it: “At the beginning of the year he was thinking he was going to be a closing type of kid. Come in there as maybe a long-inning guy. I said, ‘Well, let’s try you out here.’ He’s been working his tail off ever since and really accepted his role.” — Travis Yoder
Did you know? This was the third no-hitter Looney has thrown this year and the second against Creekview. He also no-hit them in a 2-0 win March 25. His first no-hitter of the season came against Round Rock McNeil in February.
Pitched two-hit shutout over Jesuit
7-inning one-hitter with 0 walks, 8 strikeouts
6-for-10, 4 doubles, 5 RBIs in two wins
Pitched five-inning no-hitter, striking out 17
7 innings pitched, 3 hits, 1 run, 7 strikeouts