Severna Park no-hitter spurs memories of Grier's similar feat


April 21, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Thursday's no-hitter by Severna Park sophomore Pat Boucher over Meade by 6-0 was only the second in school history. Former All-County right-hander and former Milwaukee Brewers minor-leaguer David Grier threw one at Annapolis in 1975, winning by the same score with his brother, Mark, the catcher.

Reached in Durham, N.C., where he lives with his wife and two children and manages a Golden Corral restaurant, Grier recalled his no-hitter of 21 years ago.

"I must have struck out 15 or 16 that day and it was my junior year at Severna Park, my brother's senior year," said Grier. "My dad [Paul, of Arnold] has the news clipping in his den."

Grier was a 6-foot, 185-pounder who threw in the low 90s at the time he signed a pro contract with the Brewers in 1979. After setting a then-county career record (still school record) for shutouts (five) from 1974 to 1976 at Severna Park, Grier was drafted three times before he finally signed with Milwaukee.

He was drafted twice by the Oakland A's and Cleveland Indians while at Valencia (Fla.) Community College before Milwaukee signed him his junior year out of Virginia Tech.

During summer seasons, he pitched the Brooklyn Optimist Boys Club to a national 16-year-old championship in 1975 and later the Johnny's 19-and-under team to a national title in 1977. Grier twice won 17 games in a season for Brooklyn and Mike's Auto Mart (1978).

Grier once hit two homers (two-run and grand slam) in one inning for Brooklyn, and while playing for Mike's in 1978 pulled a "Babe Ruth." He pointed to the left-field fence in Howard County against a team on which former Oriole Jim Traber played, then hit the ball out of the park.

His second year in professional baseball at Single-A Burlington (Iowa), Grier was 17-8, the most wins by any player in the Brewers' organization in 1980. Grier was a workhorse with 17 complete games out of 27 starts. He pitched 207 innings, striking out 134, walking 42 and compiling an ERA of 2.74.

Grier's future was bright until arm injuries ended his career after the 1981 season.

For the past seven years, Grier has called Durham home and loves it.

"It's great here in the heartland of sports, great place to raise kids and watch sports, especially baseball with the colleges and minor-league teams in the area," said Grier.

Ziegler sets Old Mill record

Working on only two days' rest, Old Mill junior right-hander Mike Ziegler took over the county lead for wins (5-0) and set a school record for consecutive scoreless innings (18) by one-hitting Northeast in five innings on Thursday.

Top-ranked Old Mill (10-1) won 14-4, but Ziegler did not give up a run in his five innings. Ziegler broke the school record of 15 straight scoreless innings set in 1985 by ex-St. Louis Cardinal minor-league pitcher Denny Wiseman.

Serving as the stopper for the Patriots (10-1), Ziegler put his team back on track after their 8-0 loss to No. 2 Arundel on Wednesday. Ziegler has given up only five hits in his past three outings.

Nichols going to N.C. State

Arundel's premier distance runner, Christy Nichols has chosen North Carolina State over Auburn and a host of other schools. The county Runner of the Year finished 20th at the World Championships in South Africa a couple of weeks ago.

Pub Date: 4/21/96

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