Everett College pitcher Chapman throws 2nd career no-hitter
His Everett Community College teammates had his back and they came up huge to help the sophomore right-hander pitch a no-hitter.
Chapman, of West High fame, threw a 7-inning no-no with five walks and six strikeouts in a 15-0 win over Shoreline in NWAC action in Seattle, Washington.
The 6-foot-5 Alaskan struck out the final batter to close out his first no-hitter in college, and second since high school.
“My fastball was working well. I had really good velocity and threw it right by hitters,” he told me. “My slider was the best it’s ever been and I could locate it whenever I wanted to.”
Everett carried a 3-0 lead into the seventh inning before plating a dozen runs to put things out of reach. Under different circumstances, Chapman would have likely been pulled because of the lopsided score.
With a no-no brewing, though, he stayed in the game.
He opened the inning by getting Shoreline’s Sheldon Rouzan of Anchorage to ground out to third for the first out. Then he finished it off with back-to-back strikeouts.
“I was never nervous,” Chapman said. “I just took it one pitch at a time.”
He improved his season record to 6-2 and lowered his ERA to 1.71 in 63 innings over 12 starts.
This masterpeice cemented his place among the top pitchers in the NWAC this season.
“Although I pitched a no-hitter, I give full credit to everyone who was a part of it,” Chapman said. “The coaches called the right pitches, my defense made plays and my catcher was right there with me. They made my job pretty simple. Throw what your pitching coach calls, execute a pitch, trust your defense.”