Seabreeze pitcher Brock Chance comes from a long line of baseball players.
After 15 outs and five scoreless innings, Seabreeze Sandcrabs junior varsity head coach Aaron Goldstone tossed pitcher Brock Chance the ball and said, “Congratulations, kid. You just threw a no-hitter.” Chance didn’t even know it.
Chance didn’t allow any hits, retired four batters and only gave up a walk in the Sandcrabs 10-0 rout of Mainland on Monday, March 6, at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex.
“I honestly had no clue,” Chance laughed, “but I was pretty stoked to find out. But now I’m a little torn that I let that one batter on base in the first inning.”
What made his no-hitter much more exciting is that his grandfather, Richard Bowrosen— a former Minor League Baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers organization — was there to see him pull it off. Chance took up pitching because he looks up to his grandfather and still deems him as his favorite ball player.
“I’ve been following Brock since little league,” Bowrosen said, “and I try to get to every game. Recording a no-hitter is fantastic. It’s a memory he will have forever.”
Chance comes from a family of former baseball players. Bowrosen’s son and Chances’ uncle, Rick, also played Minor League ball. During his career, he was called up to the majors for a game with the Chicago White Sox. And Chance’s dad, Lane, played at Florida State University, but an arm injury terminated his playing career.
Going forward, Chance plans to use his no-hitter as a standard to frame the rest of his career.
“I honestly see that game as something to be expected,” he said. “I may not necessarily throw a no-hitter, but I expect to throw strikes and accomplish what needs to get done.”