By: Luke White
There’s jumping out to a hot start to begin the season, and then there’s throwing a no-hitter.
Thomas Hakimian, a left-handed pitcher for Dallas Mustangs Green, accomplished the latter in a 5-0 summer season-opening victory over North Dallas Baseball Academy on Thursday, June 2 in the Five Tool Texas DFW Regional. The 2022 graduate of Allen High School pitched seven scoreless innings while striking out ten.
“I was just trying to go out there, feel my stuff, and make sure I looked good,” Hakimian said. “I wanted to start the season on a good note.”
Hakimian exhibited no rust or jitters on the mound, showing precise control with every pitch as he dominated in each at-bat. Using an arsenal that consists of just three pitches, he managed to keep the opposing bats silent while his own offense helped him out.
“It felt good to help my team get a win in their first game of the season and start on a good note,” Hakimian said. “I felt that all three of my pitches looked and felt good–my fastball, curveball and changeup–I could command all three anywhere I wanted to, and they were all very deceptive.”
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After an explosive start to the season, Hakimian and the Dallas Mustangs have set high goals for the summer season, and while Hakimian is focused on a successful summer, he still has his eyes set on his future.
“A team goal for us would be to make the Connie Mack World Series in New Mexico,” Hakimian said. “As a personal goal, I want to pitch as good as I can to prepare me for when I go to college.”
Hakimian has earned the opportunity to play collegiately, as he’ll take his talents to the “Big Easy” at Loyola New Orleans. The Wolfpack finished the 2022 season with a 36-24 record while advancing to the NAIA playoffs.
“I really liked the way the program was run when the coaches explained it to me,” Hakimian said. “I also knew I wanted to go out-of-state for college, so this provided the perfect opportunity for me.”
Until then, Hakimian is focused on playing to the best of his ability this summer while taking his team’s success to new heights.