Thomas Hanson hadn’t thrown a no-hitter since Little League. But that all changed Wednesday night when Hanson, a graduate of Redlands East Valley High School and Riverside Community College, did exactly that in leading the Double-A Mississippi Braves to a 6-0 win over the Birmingham Barons in Southern League play.
Hanson, a 21-year-old right-hander, struck out a career-high 14 in the win over the Barons, a minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. It was an even more impressive outing given the way the game started. In the first inning Hanson walked two, hit one and threw a wild pitch.
A visit from pitching coach Derek Botelho gave the hurler a chance to catch his breath and he wasn’t challenged again.
The gem was even more special because his father, stepmother and two of his three sisters were in town visiting.
On the season Hanson improved to 4-3 with an ERA of 4.32. That is a bit deceiving because in his second outing after being promoted from High-A Myrtle Beach Hanson gave up eight runs. Throw out that game and is ERA is an even-more-solid 3.02.
Not bad for a 22nd round draft choice with barely two years of minor league experience.