No? No! LLWS star helps twirl two no-hitters

Lefty hurler Weir draws praise from NFL MVP Mahomes

August 25th, 2021

Gavin Weir is forgetting what it’s like to allow hits. Patrick Mahomes is starting to notice.

In the year of the no-hitter in the Major Leagues (an AL/NL Modern Era record eight and counting in 2021 so far), Weir is keeping the H column empty at the Little League World Series. The ace of the Sioux Falls, S.D., squad twirled a no-hitter against the Torrance, Calif., team on Wednesday, marking his second involvement in a no-no in this year’s tournament. Weir also started South Dakota’s combined no-hitter Friday against Louisiana in the tournament opener.

This time Weir went the distance, striking out 14 across six innings and lighting up social media with some mind-bending breaking balls. His club needed every dominant pitch in a tight 1-0 victory. No California hitter even made contact with a Weir pitch until the third inning as South Dakota advanced to the finals of the Tom Seaver bracket on Saturday.

Weir has been more than just an ace for his team; he channeled two-way star Shohei Ohtani by knocking a clutch home run against Oregon on Monday that helped South Dakota advance to Wednesday’s matchup against California. Out of the many fans who have noticed Weir’s dominance? None other than 2018 NFL MVP quarterback (and Royals part-owner) Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Washington’s Eli Jones also threw a no-hitter on Saturday, meaning this year’s LLWS has featured three no-nos in less than a week. It’s a great year to be a pitcher -- no matter what level of baseball you’re in.