Written by Michael Florek
Baseball player of the week (4/22): Southlake Carroll's Tyler Alexander
What he did: After going into the seventh with a no-hitter in each of the previous two weeks and not being able to close it out, Alexander broke through Friday. He threw a no-hitter — striking out 14 — in Carroll’s 8-0 win over Keller Fossil Ridge to clinch the District 4-5A title. He would have had a perfect game had he not hit a batter in the second inning.
Who is he? A 6-2 senior pitcher.
The stats: Alexander is 8-0 this season, with 60 innings pitched, 113 strikeouts, 13 walks and a 0.35 ERA.
He said it: “I tried not to think about it too much. … The last two weeks I came into the seventh with the same situation and blew it twice, so I was just trying to not think about it, hit my spots, kind of stay within myself.”
Coach said it: “Last summer he came up with a slider, curve-type pitch, whatever you want to call it. That’s been the difference as far as him really keeping hitters a little more off-balance. But his command of his fastball, he can pinpoint on both sides of the plate. He’s always been like that.” — Larry Hughes
Did you know? Alexander is the only four-year varsity player Hughes has had in his 27 years of coaching. … He signed with TCU. … Southlake Carroll is No. 20 in MaxPreps’ national baseball rankings.
4-for-8, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, 1 double, 6 stolen bases in three wins
4-for-7, grand slam, 6 RBIs, 7 IP, no-hitter, 14 Ks in three games
.800 avg, 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, 2 runs in two wins
5-for-7, 7 RBIs, 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR in 3 games, hit for cycle Saturday
No-hitter, 7 strikeouts against Plano West on Friday.