Getting a hit in a slow-pitch softball game is only slightly more difficult than getting one in a T-ball game, and that makes North Hollywood's Dave Smith unique.
The Cal State Northridge sophomore threw a no-hitter during the L.A. City Softball Championships, the first ever recorded in an L.A. Dept. of Recreation and Parks softball game, according to John Pierce, a department spokesman.
"Even a bad-hitting team should poke a single here or there," said Mike Steinberg of Reseda, manager of the Hidden Talent Giants team on which Smith plays. "You've got to think, playing slow-pitch softball, that if you don't get a hit there's something wrong with your lineup."
The Pythons, who suffered the 3-0 loss, were not immediately aware that they had been held hitless. "They were kind of stupefied after the game," said Steinberg, who played first base.