When someone does what Aaron Northcraft did Friday night, they need not wait and hope to randomly be chosen as a prospect to write about. Northcraft, starting his 14th game of the year for the Lynchburg Hillcats (A+), quietly tossed the first no-hitter of his professional career against the Salem Red Sox. In full disclosure, Northcraft’s no-hitter was shortened to seven innings because doubleheaders in the minors typically are shortened to avoid too much stress on the pitchers. Still counts, though. All told, Northcraft faced three above the minimum because he walked a pair of hitters and hit a batter, but Northcraft K’d ten batters. He induced eight ground balls to one flyball. One ground ball was booted by Matt Weaver and the ‘Cats turned a double play.
It was a great night for the Hillcats, who won the first-half title in the Northern Division. After a rain-out last night, they opened the second half with a double header sweep of the Red Sox. In the first game, Weaver laid down a bunt that ended an 11 inning game with a squeeze.