Senior Kyle Petersen throws a no hitter against Watkins Mill


Senior Kyle Peterson pitches a ball to the batter. Peterson struckout nine batters in his no hitter against Watkins Mill.

Jake Brown, Sports Editor

Saturday, April 7, was a cold, windy day at WJ .As students and parents were hauling mulch, others sat in their metal seats with heavy jackets on or under blankets to keep themselves warm. No one knew what would be coming up later that day to make enduring the cold weather worthwhile.

The game was fast. Base hits and walks were all around as WJ baseball played against Watkins Mill. Once the score was 10-0 in the fourth inning, coach Steve Sutherland took out all of his starting players and replaced them with reserves, except his star pitcher, senior Kyle Peterson.

“We were actually going to pull him in after the third inning,” Sutherland said. “But he wanted to go out there, he had a no hitter going so I let him go out there.”

By the end of the game, Peterson struckout nine confused Watkins Mill batters, allowing just three baserunners on a walk and two hit by pitches.

“I knew [I was throwing a no hitter] by the fourth inning,” Peterson said,“but I was so relieved when it was over.”

Barely anyone on and off the field knew about the milestone until the end of the game when the PA announcer said that Peterson had thrown a no hitter.

Peterson has been part of a no hitter before. It was a combined no hitter with his teammate senior Justin Hughes. When they were freshmen, both pitchers allowed no hits against Northwood.

In the end, WJ won 15-0 over Watkins Mill last Saturday in a forfeited game. They have huge rivalry matches coming up against BCC and Churchill this week, and WJ is ready to prove that they’re the top dog in Montgomery County.