TAMPA — After getting hit around in his last start at Jesuit, Jefferson’s Corbin Olmstead decided to bring something old and something new to the diamond for the Class 4A, District 9 final Friday.
He made sure to wear the same uniform from his last start against Jesuit.
And to the Jesuit hitters’ dismay, Olmstead unveiled a devastating slider.
The new pitch made him almost unhittable as he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and had 12 strikeouts while allowing just two hits in a complete-game 5-0 win to capture the district title.
If that wasn’t enough, he even threw in a two-RBI single for good measure.
“I was really able to work in outside and inside corners and use the slider,” Olmstead said. “I wanted this game bad and was glad we were able to get the win.”
The Dragons, who didn’t give up a single earned run in the district tournament, also played stellar defense, something they did not do in their last game against the Tigers.
“Jesuit is always tough, but we played good, solid baseball,” Jefferson coach Pop Cuesta said. “This gives us great momentum heading into the playoffs.”
Just last week, Olmstead didn’t even throw a slider. He picked up the pitch in only a couple of bullpen sessions before looking like he had been commanding it for years Friday.
Trailing 3-0, Jesuit had a chance to get back into the game in the sixth after it broke up the no-hitter with one out.
With a pair of singles and a walk, the Tigers had bases loaded before Olmstead was able to strike out Jesuit’s No. 4 and 5 hitters to end the inning.