Josh Hader had lofty expectations for his senior season. The 6-foot-3 left-handed pitcher created goals of striking out 100 batters, setting school records and throwing a no-hitter.
So far the Old Mill standout is well on his way, with an 8-0 record and a 0.51 earned run average as the regular season enters its final week.
But what has really stood out so far has been Hader’s performance at the plate, where he leads the eighth-ranked Patriots with a .440 batting average, four home runs and 23 runs batted in.
“I definitely didn’t plan on hitting this well,” Hader said Wednesday before Old Mill (15-2, 11-2 Anne Arundel) hosted Glen Burnie. “I know that later on, I’m not going to go anywhere with hitting, so I’m messing around with hitting. Coach [Jeff Martin] said I was going to start in the outfield this year, so I’m having fun in the batter’s box.”
Hader is having fun on the pitcher’s mound as well, striking out at least nine batters and winning each of his starts. He no-hit Severna Park in a 4-0 victory and has thrown three one-hitters. Throwing his fastball in the mid-to-high 80s, he has struck out 93 batters in 54 2/3 innings.
“I’m not surprised at all [but] I don’t think you go into any season and expect a kid to be as dominant as he’s been,” Martin said. “But potential-wise, I knew he was capable of it. He work hard. He’s a baseball junkie.”