The Times West Virginian

Player of the Week

April 21, 2014

Player of the Week, April 21: Chelsi Latocha

FAIRMONT — It’s common knowledge that you don’t talk about a no-hitter while it’s in progress or you might jynx the pitcher.

Superstitions aside, it would’ve taken a lot more than the mentioning of the words “no” and “hitter” together to stop North Marion’s Chelsi Latocha from dominating on the mound this past week.

The senior right-hander tossed not one, but two no-hitters in the same week. If that’s not surprising enough, she did it in back-to-back, albeit shortened, games.

She started her streak on Thursday night, tossing 4.0 innings of no-hit baseball while striking out seven batters in an 11-0 win over Philip Barbour. She came right back the next morning and hurled 4.0 no-hit innings against rival Fairmont Senior, striking out three in a 20-0 blowout.

The two victories added to a strong week and gave the pitcher 7.0 straight innings, equivalent to one full game of work, in which she struck out 10 batters and allowed no runs.

The no-hit bids came sandwiched between a 5.0-inning outing Monday night in which she gave up just four hits and two runs in a 12-2 win over Buckhannon Upshur and a 3.0-inning contest Friday night where she gave up six hits and two runs in an 18-2 victory over Clay-Battelle.

In the four wins North Marion picked up this week, Latocha threw 15.0 innings, allowing 10 hits and just four runs.

For her strong performance, Latocha was voted this week’s I-79 Joe Romeo’s Times West Virginian high school player of the week and will receive a coupon for a free appetizer from Applebee’s of Fairmont.

To vote for next week’s player of the week, visit after Friday night’s action.

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