By Betsey di Bonaventura
When Brian Mylett threw a no hitter on opening day this spring for Boston Latin School he followed his personal motto: Pitch as if no one was watching. That was a little harder to do while pitching in front of college and pro scouts at the Bay State Summer Games this month.
“I try to play the same no matter who is watching,” said the 17-year-old who tossed the no hitter against Boston Latin Academy in April.
The Dorchester native managed to pitch four innings in two contests for the Metro team in the Bay State Games without giving up a single run, including three scoreless relief innings to cement a win against Central.
“It’s a great opportunity to be able to play in front of that many coaches and possibly get the chance to play at the next level,” Mylett said.
Despite his success in front of the scouts, Mylett is practical about his baseball future.
“Everyone wants to play a high level of baseball, so I’d obviously rather play Division 1 baseball than anything else, but at the same time I have to be realistic,” Mylett said. “I want to play somewhere where I can get a good education.
“I’d rather play at a Division 3 school and get a good education than play Division 1 and suffer.”
For Mylett making the Metro team out of a pool of 60 candidates was an accomplishment in
“That was huge for me, a lot of good players tried out from the area,” he said. “I was honored to be selected.”
Mylett, who played three games in the field during the Bay State Games, is also a tri-athlete at Latin School. The incoming senior will captain his baseball, ice hockey and golf teams.
Baseball, however, was the sport Mylett was drawn to ever since stepping on the diamond as a 5-year-old. Playing both pitcher and shortstop (he was recently moved to the outfield), Mylett was always a versatile player.
But he says he sees his future in pitching.
That was more than evident in early April when Mylett tossed his no hitter, which he admitted was hard to keep off his mind during the game.
“At one point, maybe the fifth or sixth inning, it kind of set in,” he said of throwing a no hitter. “You know people say they don’t think about it, but I was definitely thinking about it.”
Betsey di Bonaventura is a junior at Yale University who is currently interning at Metro Boston.