TAMPA – Alonso pitcher Alex Faedo and his father and high school coach Landy Faedo, had a special experience last Sunday as the two along with a family friend traveled to New York to watch former Ravens standout pitcher Jose Fernandez make his first Major League start for the Miami Marlins against the Mets. The younger Faedo, who was a freshman when Fernandez helped the Ravens to their second state title in three seasons, said the experience of watching his former teammate make his debut, allowing just one run in five innings of work was something special.
Faedo said Fernandez always challenged him and his accomplishments have been a strong example.
“Jose always challenged me in a competitive way,” Faedo said. “So getting to be up there for his (first) start was pretty special.”
Friday night, the junior looked inspired as he capped the Ravens final regular season home game with a five inning, no-hitter win against Chamberlain. Faedo struck out eight, allowing one walk as the Ravens topped the Chiefs 10-0.
“I think I may have gotten a little bit lucky,” Faedo said. “I wasn’t really thinking about it until I heard some chatter in the dugout and I thought my guys were going to jinx me, but once I got that walk I really pushed the rest of the way.”
His father echoed his son’s thoughts saying he wasn’t aware of the potential no-hitter until after the fourth inning walk.
“I wasn’t really thinking about a no-hitter until the walk and someone in the dugout went, ‘There goes the perfect game’,” the older Faedo said. “I was really happy for him and it was great to be a part of this.”
Faedo’s efforts got some help, as sophomore Andrew Abbott ended the game with a walk off grand slam to left for his first home run of the season ending the game by mercy rule.
Faedo’s no-hitter is the second of the week in Hillsborough County as Brandon’s Eric Hinostroza tossed a no-hitter Tuesday against Armwood.