Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks pitching coach Michael Schlact has been in professional baseball for 12 years and said Tyler Herron’s one-hitter earlier this week was one of the top pitching performances he’s seen in person.
“That ranks as one of the top three performances I’ve seen in professional baseball,” said Schlact, who is in his second year as F-M pitching coach.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Herron rated the performance the best in his professional career. Herron, who has been a pro for 11 seasons, said he threw a no-hitter in high school.
“We were one pitch away from a perfect game,” said Herron, who credited catcher Luke Bailey for calling a good game. “That was the best performance of my professional career.”
Herron allowed a single to the lead-off batter in the second inning and then recorded 24 consecutive outs to complete the game. He faced one batter over the minimum in a 6-0 victory against the Sioux City Explorers on Wednesday, June 1, at Newman Outdoor Field.
“It was one of those sneaky, great performances,” Schlact said. “Before you knew it the game was over.”
The game lasted 2 hours, 17 minutes, but had a 21-minute delay due to the stadium lights going out late in the game. Herron threw 97 pitches, including 68 strikes.
“When you are talking about no walks and one hit, I would categorize that as nearly perfect,” Schlact said.
“I felt like I could the ball where I wanted to,” Herron added. “It was just one of those special moments.”
Herron is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three starts. The right-handed hasn’t allowed a run in 23 ⅓ innings. He has struck out 22 batters, walked two and allowed 13 hits.
Herron is the fourth player in team history to toss a one-hitter. Here are the other three:
- Matt Mossey tossed a one-hitter in a 7-0 victory against Gary SouthShore on June 24, 2010, at Newman Outdoor Field. Mossey, who played at North Dakota State, struck out five and walked no batters.
- T.J. Stanton pitched a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts on Sept. 17, 2010, in a 3-0 victory against the Kansas City T-Bones at Newman Outdoor Field. That victory clinched a second consecutive Northern League championship for the RedHawks. Stanton struck out the first eight batters he faced and walked one.
- Jeff McLaughlin tossed a one-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory against the Winnipeg Goldeyes on June 25, 2006, at Newman Outdoor Field in his first professional start. McLaughlin faced three batters over the minimum in a games that was seven innings since it was part of a doubleheader. He struck out five and walked one.
Honorable mention: Todd George had a no-hitter broken up with two outs in the ninth inning during a 6-2 victory against Edmonton on Aug. 27, 2007, at Newman Outdoor Field. George threw 133 pitches, walked seven, struck out one and allowed two unearned runs. Closer Nate Cotton came in after George allowed the hit for the game’s final out.
The RedHawks have not had a pitcher throw a no-hitter during the club’s 21-year history.