By Tommy Keeler Jr.
Central baseball coach Donn Foltz knew junior Hayden Bauserman was capable of having a big season for the Falcons this year, that's why he wasn't surprised at the success of Bauserman last week.
Bauserman, The Northern Virginia Daily's Male Athlete of the Week for the week of April 7-April 13, threw a no-hitter against Rappahannock County on Tuesday and also went 3-for-4 at the plate with a homer, a double and three RBIs. He followed that up with an RBI single in a 2-1 loss to William Monroe on Friday.
"I knew the potential was there, it was just a matter of when it would kick in," Foltz said of Bauserman's season. "He's a great athlete. He had a good football season. He had a good basketball season. I think he's just kind of let it go, and he's really comfortable out there. He's having fun and really enjoying himself."
There was plenty for Bauserman to enjoy last Tuesday against the Panthers, in the 11-0 six-inning win.
Bauserman struck out 11, and was only one baserunner short of a perfect game. The Panthers had a player reach on an error, but he was later thrown out at second.
"His fastball was working good," Foltz said. "He was locating his spots really well. It was definitely his best outing of the season.
"He also had a really good defense behind him."
Foltz said he thinks Bauserman has gained more confidence and it's showing.
It was the first no-hitter at Central since Daniel Hawkins did it several years ago. Foltz said the players were quiet throughout the game, with no one mentioning the no-hitter.
Knowing what was on the line entering the bottom of the sixth, Bauserman took care of business in the final inning.
"He showed no nerves," Foltz said of Bauserman's sixth inning. "He went out there and struck out the side. He was focused."
Bauserman's hitting was almost as impressive as his pitching.
"He's just seeing the ball really well right now," Foltz said. "He's been really consistent with the bat this year."
In the 2-1 loss to William Monroe, the defending Bull Run District champions, Bauserman's RBI single gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead, which they held until the fifth inning.
He also drew a couple of intentional walks.
"He went up there with guys on base, and they still walked him," Foltz said. "Not only does he have my respect, but that shows how much respect the William Monroe coach has for him as well."
Despite the loss to the Green Dragons, the Falcons have had a strong season. Central is 8-3, with its only district loss coming to William Monroe.
Foltz said he couldn't be happier with how the team has done so far this season.
"The biggest thing is we're trying to get the kids to just believe in themselves, and that they're as good as any team in the district," Foltz said. "I think they're really believing in [themselves]. They're a good group of kids. They're working really hard, and they're really buying into what we're trying to do."
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