CATAWBA, N.C. — Jim Carrey was just rubbing it in.
Righthander Hunter Harvey from Bandys High in Catawba, N.C., went 6 2/3 innings last night against South Iredell High (Statesville, N.C.), while giving up one run on two hits. He walked one and struck out 11.
After each one of the strikeouts, a clip of Jim Carrey yelling, “Smokin’!” from “The Mask” played over the sound system.
Harvey sat in the 90-92 mph range with his fastball and touched 93 several times, even as late as the sixth inning. His fastball had good boring action and he overmatched the South Iredell lineup. Harvey didn’t allow good contact all night. Nine of the 20 outs he recorded came on batted balls—seven groundballs and two weak fly balls to right field.
He took a no-hitter into the final inning, but gave up a one-out single on a weak groundball up the middle. He started laboring at around 90 pitches and gave up a walk, hit a batter and then another single with two outs, finally exiting the game with the bases loaded at 105 pitches.
Of those 105 pitches, 70 were fastballs, 31 were curveballs, mostly in the 74-76 mph range, and he threw four changeups between 80-83 mph.
“I felt pretty good,” Harvey said after the game. “I was a little shaky there in a couple spots, but it wasn’t bad. The zone was a little tight, I just had to battle through it and let ‘em hit it and let my guys play behind me.”
The stuff was basically the same as it was at the East Coast Professional Showcase in August, but a step down from the 93-97 mph velocity he showed the previous week, according to several scouts. Still, it was an impressive outing, especially with a game-time temperature in the mid-40s.
“It’s been really fun,” Harvey said about his season so far. “Everything’s been working really good. I’ve felt really good this year.”
Harvey has taken a noticeable step forward with his stuff since his time on the summer circuit at the East Coast Professional Showcase and as the starting pitcher at the Under Armour All-America Game.
“I feel like I got stronger and got my command a little bit better,” Harvey said. “And my composure I think I got a little bit better, and my breaking ball consistency.”
Harvey took a little break after the summer, but quickly got back to work to prepare for his senior season.
“We worked four months, probably,” Harvey said. “After Wrigley, I shut down for a month and then I started cranking it back up. I’ve been working since then, just longtossing three times a week for that couple months helped me get my velocity and everything.”
Harvey has also gained a little weight since the summer, but still has a lean, projectable build. Still, even just an extra five to 10 pounds has a noticeable payoff.
“I feel like I can stay behind the ball a little bit better, with a little more power,” Harvey said.
He is still working to improve the command of his curveball, and still doesn’t throw many changeups in game situations.
Video of Harvey’s first two innings is below.