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Columbus pitcher Bice is Athlete of the Week

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Columbus High School junior pitcher Will Bice did something that no one in a Blue Devil uniform had done for 10 years, and for that, he is the latest WRBL Athlete of the Week.

Bice threw a no-hitter last week in a Blue Devil win over Phenix City-Central, the first no-no from a Blue Devil in a decade.

"At first I didn't even know I was throwing a no-hitter until the fifth inning, then I realized the last inning I went out," Bice said. "I think that's when that ball kicked off my glove and Hunter Swilling made a barehanded play, so I couldn't have done it without the defense and the great plays they made."

Bice, who features a low-90s fastball and a sharp curve, was helped by stellar defensive play and that old standby—luck.

"Hunter Swilling really made two big league plays behind him, and to throw a no-hitter, number one you have to have really, really good stuff, and you have to have a little luck, get a couple breaks," said Columbus head coach Bobby Howard. "Swilling made a couple Major League plays behind him, and other than that, he was just overpowering."

Bice went on to pitch the Blue Devils to another win, 9-3 over LaGrange. Columbus also won on Thursday, beating Fayette Couny 9-0.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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