It was noteworthy when Erik Nurmi walked the first batter he faced this past Saturday against Forestville. After all, the Douglass right-hander had thrown two perfect games in his first three starts -- and allowed only one hit and no runs in the other.
"He was not fazed in the least," said Douglass Coach Bill Hay. Hay says the Eagles are 10-0, even with losses to Bowie and Eleanor Roosevelt in the Prince George's Classic because Hay believes those games count as scrimmages.
Nurmi, who normally plays first base, had never pitched before this season. But the 6-foot-5 senior -- whose younger brother, Andy, also pitches for Douglass -- asked Hay if he could get a few innings.
"I said, 'Why not?' " Hay said. "So we gave him a start. I had no clue what was going to happen. I certainly didn't expect a perfect game or a no-hitter. I figured he'd throw strikes."
Nurmi threw five-inning perfect games against Bladensburg and Friendly (totaling 23 strikeouts), which according to Hay ties the National Federation of High Schools career record for perfect games.
-- Josh Barr