Miami signee Brian Gonzalez waited for an opportune time to throw his first no-hitter in high school and then he did it again.
The left-handed senior from Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest ranches, Fla.), threw a 13-strikeout no-hitter in a 5A regional quarterfinal defeat of Suncoast (Riviera Beach) on May 1. Five days later, on Tuesday, he threw a 16-strikeout no-hitter in a 7-0 defeat of Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale) in a 5A regional semifinal.
“He has dialed it up,” McCarthy coach Rich Bielski said. “We have been holding him back all year and he’s been champing at the bit to do complete games. We unleash him at playoff time.”
Gonzalez, the team captain, has only lost one game on the mound in three seasons, and relies on a high-80s fastball, curveball and a tricky changeup. He hasn’t allowed a run in 21 innings and has struck out 44 batters in that stretch.
“He’s such a competitor,” Bielski said. “He has that ‘it’ factor. He’s a winner.”
Gonzalez leads our American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week. The rest of the top performances:
Elise Cranny, track and field, Niwot, Colo.
Stanford signee ran the second-fastest high school 1,500 meters, finishing with a 4:10.95 while racing against pro athletes Sunday at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.
Ella Donaghu, track and field, Grant, Portland, Ore.
Sophomore ran a state girls record of 9 minutes, 24 seconds in a 3,000-meter race Wednesday, beating the old mark of 9:32. She finished ahead of all but two boys in the race.
Cam Dopp, track and field, Woods Cross, Utah
BYU signee set the state record in the 300-meter hurdles in 36.30 seconds Saturday on BYU’s track in Provo, besting the old record of 36.93.
Brandon Elmy, baseball, Venice, Fla.
Senior right-hander, who has signed with Furman, threw a no-hitter and hit a two-run homer Tuesday to lead team to a 10-0 defeat of Estero in a 6A-Region 3 semifinal.
Aidan Falk, softball, Mercy, Rochester, N.Y.
Senior hit a three-run homer in the second inning of a 17-12 defeat of Sacred Heart (Buffalo) on Tuesday to set the state record for career homers. Falk followed with another homer in the third inning and pushed the state record to 38. She was 3-for-3 with a triple and five RBI in the game.
Colleen Grady, lacrosse, Glen Ridge, N.J.
Freshman attacker scored five goals, including four in a row in the second half and had an assist to lead Glen Ridge to a 17-11 defeat of Montclair on Wednesday.
Lindsay Hill, softball, Stayton, Ore.
Senior right-hander pitched a 17-strikeout no-hitter and scored both runs in a 2-0 defeat of Philomath on Friday. She also struck out 13 in a 4-0 no-hit defeat of Central (Independence) on April 29.
Keston Hiura, baseball, Valencia, Calif.
UC Irvine signee went 4-for-4 on Wednesday with two homers, his 10th and 11th of the season, in a 14-1 defeat of Canyon (Canyon Country).
VIDEO: Hiura after a big game
Emily Nagle, softball, Bellwood-Antis, Bellwood, Pa.
Senior outfielder hit a school-record three homers in an 8-5 defeat of Mount Union on Wednesday.