Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
The calendar said April, but the temperature felt a lot like winter to Finney High pitcher Adolph Pettway.
The 5-10 senior right-hander is the Detroit Public School League’s Proud Strong Learner of the Week after triggering a game-ending triple play and pitching a 13-5 no-hit victory against Crockett in the unseasonably-frigid baseball league opener.
“My hands were getting cold, it was the first game, and I threw a few balls,’’ said Pettway, who struck out nine and walked six. “My control was pretty much off and on the whole game.”
Crockett had runners in scoring position with no outs in the seventh inning when Finney shut the door. Pettway caught a ball hit back to the mound and, with the runners moving, he whirled to the second baseman to get the force out and the second baseman fired to the third baseman, completing the rare triple play.
“They must have thought I wasn’t going to catch it,’’ Pettway said. “I knew I wasn’t going to drop it.”
It was seconds after the sudden ending that Pettway realized he had a no-hitter.
“The coach told me when I was leaving the field,’’ he said. “I’ve had no-hitters before in Little League. But this is my first one in high school.”
Finney Coach Alden June counts Pettway as one of the leaders on his squad that includes 14 seniors.
“He’s my ace pitcher and he’s a good kid,’’ June said. “I’m proud of all of them. I expect us to keep improving.”
Pettway plays shortstop when he’s not on the mound and also was a starting guard for the Highlanders’ basketball team. Asked which of his varsity sports he likes most, Pettway said “I’d probably say basketball. I just like it a little more. The shooting and dribbling puts a little more fun to it. Baseball gets kind of boring sometimes.
“But I enjoy the game. I’ve been playing since I was 5 or 6 and I like to see that more kids are coming out to play baseball.”
With a 3.3 grade point average, Pettway said his goal is to “go to college and make something of myself.”
He plans to major in Nursing and wants to become a pediatrician. He’s hopeful of earning a college scholarship.
“I still think I can get some (offers),’’ he said. “I’m trying for both, academics and athletics, baseball, basketball, whatever I can get.”