Lancer sophomore unhittable
By: JOHN REID Daily News Staff Writer
Posted March 26
Saint Francis-Mountain View sophomore John Gavin wanted to go one more inning against visiting Riordan-San Francisco on Thursday. The southpaw had worked the first six innings of a no-hitter, but had already thrown 94 pitches in a 9-0 West Catholic Athletic League victory over the Crusaders.
“The problem was Gavin had thrown too many pitches and he is too young,” Saint Francis coach Mike Oakland said. “He was begging me to go out, but I couldn’t let him go back out there. I need him at the end of the year.”
“I was trying to talk to Coach the whole time to let me go back out there,” said Gavin, now 3-0. “They’re looking out for me. I was injured over the summer, so they’re taking it slowly with me. I respect that. When you’re at that point, you have adrenaline.”
So Oakland sent out senior Ryan Degregorio, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to complete the no-hitter. The 6-foot-4 Gavin fanned 12 batters, walked a batter and plunked another in his six innings worth of work. Degregorio completed the masterpiece.
“I came out there and told him to finish,” Gavin said. “He did a great job. I look up to him as a senior. He gives me pointers.”
Look for Gavin to get the ball more often as the season progresses.
“Gavin is lefthanded and he has a good fastball,” Oakland said. “He’s developing a good change-up and a breaking ball. He competes really well for a kid his age. As his command gets better, he’ll become a lethal type of pitcher.”