As it does almost every year, the Reno baseball team has found a shutdown pitcher.
The latest in the long line of talented Reno High pitchers is junior Christian Chamberlain, who tossed a compete game no-hitter Saturday in a 3-0 win over North Valleys. It was the first complete game no-hitter in the North this season.
Chamberlain had 11 strikeouts and three walks in the win, giving him 38 strikeouts this season, third in the Division I North. He has a 1.35 earned run average, fifth in the league, and a .121 batting average against, second to Spanish Springs senior Ryan Anderson.
His game plan was simple, as it should be.
“Just try to keep throwing strikes, pound in the zone. Not try to do to much, just let everyone behind me do their job,” Chamberlain said. “Mainly fastball dominant, but when I threw a curveball, they were off balance.”
He would like to pitch in college and is already getting interest from college coaches.
Reno coach Pete Savage said Chamberlain can definitely pitch in college.
“He’s a talented pitcher, I think he’s going to pitch at the college level,” Savage said. “He’s very talented.”
Chamberlain got his first varsity win against Galena last season in the Regional semifinals.
He’s gotten better since then, especially at locating his fastball and breaking ball.
Savage said the Huskies defense was solid behind Chamberlain on Saturday. The Huskies did not have any errors.
“This year, he’s been the leader of the pitching staff and he’s doing a good job,” Savage said. “He’s small, but he doesn’t play small. The way he swings the bat and the way he pitches, he plays big.”
Chamberlain is also a force at the plate for the Huskies (11-4 league), with a slugging percentage of .549 and two triples. He was 1-for-4 with an RBI in the no-hitter Saturday. In the second game Saturday, he was 2-for-4 with an RBI as Reno pitcher Mickey Coyne allowed three hits while striking out 10, in a 3-0 complete game win for the Huskies.
Chamberlain, a lefthander, has gotten stronger this year, earning a spot in the starting rotation. Last season, he mainly pitched in relief.
He throws his fastball in the low to mid 80s, and mixes in a wicked curve.
“He’s got a good future and he’s been great for us,” Savage said.
Savage said Chamberlain is confident too, which helps on the baseball field.
“He believes that he’s talented and he comes out with aggressiveness,” Savage said. “The way he swings the bat and the way he attacks the glove at the plate off the mound, is different. For a high school player, he does a good job.”
Savage has sent many players to college baseball and the pros and he likes what he sees in Chamberlain.
“I’ve been doing it long enough. I really believe he’s going to be a college pitcher,” Savage said.
North Valleys senior pitcher Tyler Burkey was almost as dominant Saturday, allowing four hits and striking out four in seven innings in the first game.
Reno ends the season against Spanish Springs, Reed and Bishop Manogue. Spanish Springs is at Reno on Tuesday.
Baseball – Tuesday, 3:45 p.m., Bishop Manogue at Reed; Carson at Damonte Ranch; Douglas at Wooster; McQueen at Galena; Hug at North Valleys; Spanish Springs at Reno.
4 p.m. Incline vs. Whittell, at Greater Nevada Field.