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Teen Hits 3 HRs, Throws No-Hitter

May 6, 1999

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ Bill Clayton felt like Nolan Ryan and Fernando Tatis rolled into one.

The Chatham Glenwood High junior hit three homers in the second inning and threw a no-hitter in the Redskins’ 27-2 victory Tuesday over Taylorville High.

According to the National High School Sports Record Book, Clayton is the third high school player to hit three homers in one inning.

Tramer Ray, a senior at Medicine Lodge, Kan., broke a national RBIs record by driving in 11 runs with two grand slams and a three-run homer in an inning last month. Danny Kimura of Honolulu hit three homers in an inning in 1997.

Clayton drove in eight of Glenwood’s 22 runs in the second.

``I just thought, two in one inning, that’s something I’ll probably never do again,″ said Clayton, who had three homers coming in. ``But I got all of that one, too. They were calling me Tatis.″

Tatis, a St. Louis Cardinals third baseman, hit two grand slams in one inning April 23, becoming the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat.

Clayton (6-0) struck out five and gave up two unearned runs in five innings.

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