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For Douglass, Nurmi Is a Perfect Surprise

Tuesday, April 19, 2005; Page D06

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.

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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

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