Written by Michael Florek
Baseball player of the week (3/23): Woodrow Wilson's Luke Whitten
Luke Whitten, Woodrow Wilson
What he did: Whitten pitched a four-inning perfect game Tuesday, striking out nine of 12 hitters as Woodrow Wilson beat Bryan Adams, 15-0. He also had five RBIs and nearly hit for the cycle, going 3-for-3 with a single, double and triple. Whitten added to his hit total Friday against Samuell, going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.
Who is he? A senior left-handed pitcher and center fielder.
The stats: Whitten is 2-1 with 17.2 innings pitched, 10 hits allowed, two runs, 0 earned, two walks and 21 strikeouts. At the plate he has a .512 average with 19 runs scored, 25 RBIs, five doubles, two triples, one home run and nine stolen bases.
He said it: “I struck out that side in the fourth inning. That whole time I was so locked in. There were white rings around my vision, I was so focused. … I started saying, ‘Hey, this is going to happen.’ It wasn’t like, ‘Hey, I’m throwing a perfect game. Let’s keep it up.’ It was, ‘I’m going to threw a perfect game.’”
Coach said it: “His whole high school career he’s done everything right academically, and then he came into his baseball life. I came in his junior year, we started getting in the weight room, lifting. He bought in. He became a team player. He’s about his guys. He wants to win a district championship for our team.” — Brett Ray
Did you know? Whitten changed to an exclusive sidearm delivery this summer. … He is No. 1 in his class with a 3.98 GPA and scored a 2100 on the SAT and 33 on the ACT. … He is class president and involved in his school’s musical theatre program. … Whitten will attend Duke as a preferred walk-on next year.
.600 avg, 7 R, 5 RBIs hitting, 7 IP, 0 ER, 15K pitching
No-hitter with 10 Ks and 1 BB vs. Bishop Dunne
8 IP, 1 ER, 10K pitching, 5-for-8 at plate, 1 2B, 3 R, RBI
3-for-4 at plate, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBIs
Pitched a one-hitter with 15 Ks in win over Wylie