Homza catches first no-no in Class A Northwest League since ’15
Anchorage’s Jonny Homza helped make history in the Class A Northwest League by catching the first no-hitter in four years.
The third-year pro was the centerpiece in a combined no-hitter for San Diego Padres affiliate Tri-City as the Dust Devils beat Everett 5-0 in Pasco, Washington.
Four pitchers threw 120 pitches and recorded all 27 outs, with the 20-year-old converted catcher right in the middle of the action.
Tri-City pitching coach Leo Rosales credited Homza for his part in the no-no.
“Jonny had a big part in this game, too,” Rosales said. “I’m very proud of him. He’s come a long way. They stuck to a plan and attacked these hitters.”
Homza, of South High fame, also did his part at the plate with a double and two RBIs.
The 2017 fifth-round draft pick by the Padres grew up as an elite infielder in Alaska and has logged 49 pro games at third base, second base and shortstop.
But his future is behind the plate.
Homza has caught eight of 11 games with Tri-City and has a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage on 102 total chances. He’s also thrown out six of 10 base runners.