Arlington Heights pitcher joins high school record books

By Kevin Peters

An Arlington Heights High School baseball player is making history.
Blair Henley, a senior at Arlington Heights, threw three consecutive no-hitters in a row starting March 17 against the Fort Worth Southwest Raiders.
Only two players have thrown more in the history of high school baseball.
Henley threw the next no-hitter March 24, and the third April 1. His streak was finally broken by Waco-Midway April 8 when he gave up a hit in the first inning.

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    Henley said the pressure was starting to mount when he threw his third no-hitter, but he tried to block it out as best he could.
    “I really wasn’t thinking about it, I was just going into it,” said Henley.
    Henley gave credit to his coach, Shad Whiteley, who is in charge of calling pitches during the games.
    “My coach does a really good job at calling pitches. My catcher catches it where he needs to,” said Henley. “They’re the other piece of the puzzle.”
    Whiteley talked about the mentality of a pitcher.
    “I was a pitcher myself,” said Whiteley. “It is what it is. You’re gonna give up some hits, I don’t feel like I was second guessing myself.”
    Henley is committed to play at the University of Texas next year, but that hasn’t stopped MLB scouts from watching him pitch or Henley considering the draft.
    “The decision comes down to the day,” said Henley. “I’m really confident in both. Fall back to getting drafted or going to college, I have two good options behind my back.”
    Henley and the Yellow Jackets have five more games in the regular season and Henley is looking forward to a deep playoff run.
    “We’re really just excited to play some better teams, really see what we can do and play for as long as we can.”
    The Yellow Jackets are 14-6 so far this season and will play South Hills High School April 22 at 7:30 p.m.