Written by Matt Wixon
Wixon: How a big lead almost cost Prosper aces their back-to-back no-hitters
After Green’s no-hitter vs. Lone Star, Gilson turns in his own gem
After Prosper’s Brian Green threw a no-hitter Wednesday in a win over Frisco Lone Star, he and teammate Brandon Gilson began talking about the next day’s game. Gilson would be the starter against Nevada Community, and maybe he could also throw a no-hitter.
“We were just throwing it out there, kind of like, ‘What if?’” Gilson said. “And then it happened.”
Back-to-back no-hitters. For Prosper (20-3, 5-1 in District 11-3A entering Tuesday night), it was the perfect way to bounce back from a district loss to Lovejoy a week earlier.
“It was a fun week,” Prosper coach Rick Carpenter said.
And a frustrating one for opposing hitters. Lone Star got blanked by Green, who struck out six in a 2-0 victory.
“I didn’t actually know it was a no-hitter until somebody told me in the sixth inning,” the right-hander said. “I definitely had command of my fastball, and my breaking stuff was working pretty well.”
Everything was working well for Gilson in Prosper’s 14-0 victory over Nevada Community. The junior left-hander struck out 14 in a game that lasted only five innings because of the mercy rule. Gilson even had four strikeouts in one inning after a batter reached on a dropped third strike.
“I was about to make a pitching change on Gilson because we had a substantial lead,” Carpenter said. “But I couldn’t remember him giving up a hit.”
When Carpenter confirmed it, he decided to let Gilson have a chance at the no-hitter. Gilson also threw a no-hitter last year against Community.
“I had good stuff, but it wasn’t my best stuff,” Gilson said. “I was just throwing strikes and getting outs.”
Green and Gilson are two reasons Prosper, which won the Class A title in 1984, has high playoff expectations. Prosper hasn’t been past the second round of the playoffs since moving up to 3A before the 2007 season, and this will be its last chance in 3A. The rapidly growing school in Collin County will be 4A next season.
Gilson is 6-1 with a 2.48 ERA and has struck out 73 batters in 36 2/3 innings. The junior, who has orally committed to TCU, has a fastball that gets near 90 mph and good breaking pitches.
Green, who is 5-1 with a 1.59 ERA, also has good breaking pitches. But he’s still gaining back the velocity he lost after suffering a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder in the summer of 2010.
Green was 9-2 as a sophomore and threw a no-hitter that season, but he didn’t pitch last year as he recovered from surgery.
“It was frustrating,” he said. “Especially during district, when I could’ve really helped my team.”
Green and Gilson are providing plenty of help now for Prosper, which has never won a district title in 3A. If it can win the district this year, Gilson said, it will be a big accomplishment.
“We have five teams in this district that could make the playoffs in any other district,” he said. “The teams that come out of this district are going to be ready for the playoffs.”