Payton Bryden found himself in a helpless situation as he pursued his third no-hitter in as many seasons against the Berlin Indians last week Thursday.
Having already pitched one inning two days earlier, the Ripon High School senior was ineligible to throw more than six innings in the game (per WIAA guidelines).
To make matters worse, to begin the sixth inning, his team was only halfway to the 10 runs needed to end the game with the mercy rule.
His teammates came through.
The Tigers scored five runs in the top of the inning to give him the chance at the rare feat.
“I was really excited when Austen Nissen got that double to make it 10-0 ...,” Bryden said.
But then, he had to settle down in a hurry.
“Right after that, I calmed down, got back into the groove and once I went on the mound, I was making sure that no one was going to hit me,” Bryden said.
He did just that as he retired the Indians in order — 1-2-3.
It did not take long for the accomplishment to sink in.
Read the full column, which includes information on what Bryden was thinking heading into the game, when the thought of another no-hitter entered his mind and what contributed to his overall dominance against Berlin, in the April 17, 2014 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.