No-hitter, grand slam for Rydell

Life has been good for Century Junior High ninth-grader Joe Rydell of late.

He is riding a wild wave of success on the baseball diamond. Rydell’s good fortune began on April 20, when he fired a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts against Roseville for coach Bill Porter’s ninth-grade Maroon squad.

“It was almost the opposite of what goes on in the upper levels; kids started talking about it in about the second inning,” Porter said.

Exactly a week later, Rydell popped a grand slam in a 16-8, extra-inning win at Oak-Land Junior High.

Finally, he tossed a one-hitter to lead Century to a five-inning victory against Park last Friday.