Not many baseball pitchers can say they have thrown a no-hitter.
But Stephenson High School junior Ga’von Wray can say that not only has he thrown a no-hitter but has thrown four in one season. He can also say he had three consecutive no-hitter games.
“It’s crazy,” Wray said. “The reason I was able to get my no-hitters [is] because my team was backing me up everywhere [on the field]. When I’m pitching, I remember to keep the ball down low.”
Wray’s first no-hitter came on March 3 against Lithonia, where he faced 12 batters and threw six strikeouts in three innings in a 7-1 win. His second one happened March 13 against Drew High School in a 5-0 win. Wray pitched all seven innings, faced 23 batters and threw nine strikeouts.
On his second consecutive start, he pitched six innings against M.L. King, faced 22 batters and threw 12 strikeouts in the 10-0 win. In his following start, on March 23, he pitched four innings, faced 12 batters and struck out seven of them in a 15-0 win over Lovejoy.
Before this season, Wray had only one no-hitter in his lifetime of playing baseball—when he was 12 years old. Wray credited his offseason training for his success this season.
“The whole offseason I was training, coming to the field every day with my pitching coach [former Atlanta Braves pitcher] Marvin Freeman,” he said.
Wray has been playing baseball since he was three years old. He started pitching when he was nine years old.
“My dad kept training me and that’s when I started to [realize] I was a pitcher,” he said.
Wray is also the quarterback of Stephenson’s football team. He said he loves both sports and could see himself playing both sports in college.
“I think playing two sports makes you a better overall athlete,” he said.
He recently received a scholarship offer in baseball from the University of Tennessee. Other schools such as UGA and Mercer are also scouting him for baseball. He received a football offer from Florida Atlantic as well.
“I’m trying to make my decision now, but I’m not sure yet,” he said.
With the region tournament starting soon, followed by the state playoffs, Wray said he is remaining focused on his game.
“I think we can go far in the playoffs,” he said. “I think we can go really far. So, we have to stay focused and out of trouble.”
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