For once, Vinny Bailey’s change-up wasn’t working.
When he was able to turn it around in a big rivalry game, it became a career night for the Heritage senior.
It wound up his most effective pitch against Wake Forest on April 27, which resulted in his first career no-hitter.
Bailey pitched five innings in Heritage’s 10-0 mercy rule-shortened victory over the neighboring Cougars. He became the second Huskies hurler to record a no-hitter in school history.
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“I feels pretty good to represent the school like that in my opinion,” said Bailey, who struck out eight Wake Forest batters and walked three. “It guess it’s pretty big. I was just happy we won.”
Bailey, who was part of Heritage’s playoff team last year, entered his senior season hoping to win the conference. The Wake Forest win pulled the Huskies one step closer to that goal, setting up a first-place tie with Millbrook. But Millbrook defeated Heritage Wednesday night in a highly-anticipated game that had been twice postponed because of inclement weather.
That’s one of the aspects he enjoys about playing baseball, which Bailey started when he was 7 after his father signed him up for a recreation league.
He likes “just the atmosphere. It feels laid back, to me anyways. That’s why I like it.”
It’s a pretty fitting attitude for a high school pitcher to have. Bailey has been pitching since middle school, but it’s not only on the mound where he contributes for Heritage.
Bailey sported a .407 batting average entering the Millbrook game. He had collected 24 hits, 15 runs and a conference-leading 28 RBIs. He had six doubles and a pair of home runs. His .610 slugging percentage was among Top 3 in the league.
“We’ve probably got the best coaching staff in the conference, definitely,” Bailey said. “Best teammates. I love them all. They always have my back no matter what. I just like playing here.”
Jessika Morgan: 919-829-4538, @JessikaMorgan
Sport / Position: Baseball / Pitcher
Fun fact: Has previously played first baseman and outfield