Published: April 30, 2012
While it’s way too early to mention these two hurlers with Glavine and Smoltz or Schilling and Johnson, Reagan Biechler, a junior, and Ryan Warner, a senior, completely mowed down their competition in clinching a third straight 5A Metro title last week.
On Tuesday, Biechler tossed a no-hitter against Palmer, striking out 13 in seven innings. Then on Saturday, Warner had a no-hitter broken up in the fifth inning, but still struck out all 15 batters in a 19-0 run-rule victory over Doherty.
“We’re pretty much best friends, so we’re not trying to outdo each other,” said Biechler, who plays first base when not pitching and has three home runs and 20 RBI. “We just want to have fun, and what we do is what we do.”
The Eagles (14-2, 12-0) close the regular season this week, playing Doherty on Tuesday and Fountain-Fort Carson on Friday and Saturday.
Reagan: Did you feel different prior to Tuesday’s game?
I felt really good when I was warming up. My catcher said the movement on everything was crazy. My fastball was really on and was able to overpower them with it.
Ryan: When did you realize a perfect game was within reach?
After I struck out the first nine guys. After the fourth and striking out the side again, I kind of saw it was getting there. When the fifth inning came around, I gave up a hit, then walked a guy. I just had to bear down and finish strong.
Reagan: You have a unique name, and what’s your affinity for No. 4?
I know only one other guy with my first name, but lots of girls. It was my mom’s maiden name. I wear No. 4 it at Pine Creek since she wore it when she played volleyball in high school. My dad’s family is from Wisconsin, meaning everyone is a fan of Brett Favre.
Ryan: Did you do anything special after Saturday’s performance?
I just had a normal night. My girlfriend brought home a movie, “Titanic,” I hit the wall pretty early and fell asleep. It’s OK, I know how it ended.
Reagan: Besides baseball, what’s in your future?
I want to study pre-med. My mom is a nurse, and my involvement in athletic training this year has me really interested. Plus, biology is one of my favorite subjects.
Ryan: Do you know Pine Creek alumna Nikki Glass, also an N.C. State athlete?
I know her pretty well. My parents got to be friends with her parents when we went on our official visits there. It’s a great campus and felt it was a perfect fit for me.
Most feared animal
( ) lion (xy) shark ( ) snake ( ) bear
Is not a sport
( ) golf (x) auto racing (y) bowling ( ) bass fishing
Best baseball movie
( ) League of Their Own ( ) Major League (y) For Love of the Game (x ) Sandlot
(y) N.C. State ( ) Texas (x) New Mexico ( ) Arizona State