1. 17+17 = Shazamm!
So, just how does one top a 17-strikeout game? Easy — striking out 17 more. Though Northeast got a good look at Osceola lefty Taylor Layner two weeks ago when he befuddled them, it didn't do much good in a rematch this week. Layner, with 17 more strikeouts, remains a source of great mystery to the Vikings. Probably irritation as well.
2. No! No! Yes!
Some advice for Dunedin senior southpaw Alex Norris: don't throw your first career no-hitter on the same night Clearwater Central Catholic upsets the No. 11 team in the country, according to ESPN Rise. A lesser columnist may not have noticed.
3. Orel commitment
Alonso hurler Jose Fernandez beat Wharton last week, allowing just one hit in five innings and striking out nine. Which was nothing new. Since allowing a second-inning run against Riverview in early March, Fernandez is working on a string of 24 straight innings without allowing an earned run.
4. Hamilton and Burr
When it came to pitching duels this week, we had plenty, but most notable may have been Seminole's Tim Lamoureux trading strikeouts with Shorecrest's Marc Brakeman. In the end Lamoureux won that battle 16-12, and it's a shame either pitcher had to lose this one. Oh wait, neither one did — the Warhawks won in extra innings after both starters had been relieved.
Zach Gordon pitched East Lake into the Dunedin Spring Tournament final, out-tossing St. Petersburg Catholic's Justin Tedder in a 2-0 win. Radar, meet the Eagles. Eagles, radar.
6. Underhanded aces
Guess we should throw some love out to Pasco County's softball hurlers. Courtney Brandt at Pasco threw a perfect game last week, and Mitchell's Cortney Radke, who threw a no-hitter and lost. Radke hasn't had much luck lately — in her past three games, she has allowed four hits in 21 innings … and is 1-2.
7. Perfect pitch
Tampa Catholic's incredible hulk Hunter Joyer isn't a pitcher per se, but anyone who can almost reach home plate from the pitcher's mound (60 feet, 6 inches) with a 12-pound shot can play on our team anytime.
8. Ride 'em, Cowboys
Lest the hitters get jealous about a pitching-heavy Top 10, how about them Gaither Cowboys? Eleven straight wins, and Drew Doty hasn't even gotten warmed up yet? That may just make the Cowboys the favorites to win next week's Saladino Tournament.
Remember when everyone was all hyped up on Tampa Catholic, what with the national ranking and all, and then it lost two straight last week and now you're like, Jesuit has won 15 in a row and won its past five by a total of 63 runs? Reminds me of football season a little.
10. He ain't heavy, he's … FAST!
Ja'Juan Story, above, is only having a heck of an offseason, collecting scholarship offers like baseball cards and winning the 100 and 200 sprints at the Hernando County championships this week, beating big bro Antwan.