WACO, Texas (KWTX) A local freshman baseball pitcher not only threw his first no-hitter this week, but also beat his dad’s impressive personal record as a pitcher at the very same school.
Mark and Ryan Wood. (Courtesy photo)
Ryan Wood, 15, a freshman on the Midway High School JV team, threw the no-hitter Monday night against Belton at Midway.
He finished with 16 strikeouts out of 21 outs and only one walk.
It was one strikeout more than his dad, Mark, had nearly 30 years ago as Midway’s varsity pitcher in playoffs in 1991.
“I was so into Ryan’s no-hitter and the number of strikeouts that when he got 16 it hit me that ‘wow that’s one more than I ever had,’” Mark said.
“It was so amazing to watch him do that.”
Mark played baseball for Midway through middle and high school before graduating in 1991.
He went on to pitch at Navarro Junior College in Corsicana and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and passed his love of the game and pitching to his son.
Ryan’s mom, Angie, also graduated from Midway and was there to watch her son fulfill what she calls a dream he’s had since he was only 6.
“I was so grateful to be able to watch a dream realized for my son,” she said.
“It was emotional and exciting especially since it was against our district rival, Belton.”
“We are all really proud of Ryan,” she said.