James Nutter has enjoyed plenty of success in his career at Newburyport High School. The senior has been a part of seven state championship winning teams between cross country and indoor track, and earlier this season he pitched an extra innings no hitter to carry the Clippers past Hamilton-Wenham in a game the team absolutely had to win.
This weekend, Nutter will take the mound for the final time as a high school pitcher when the Clippers take on Pentucket in the Spofford Tournament. Given that Newburyport has already been eliminated from postseason contention, it’s not the finish Nutter would have preferred, but coming off Tuesday’s win over Triton, it’s still a chance to finish up on a high note. In this week’s edition of Around the Horn, Nutter reflects on his career playing baseball, how it compares to running track, and which of his championships meant the most.
I know it’s kind of a shame you aren’t going to get to the tournament, but what do you think about the way your senior season has gone? “It’s definitely not what I wanted it to be, I was really hoping to get into the playoffs, it would have been great to pitch in the playoffs, but as a team I think we underachieved a little bit, we’ve definitely had some tough luck, but as long as we can get this Spofford Tournament and defend our championship from last year. Defeating Triton right now was nice too.”
How many years have you been on varsity? “Last year was my first year, so two.”
How did last year go? “I did pretty well, I think I started one game against Manchester Essex, and that was pretty good, I pitched a complete game. I pitched mostly out of the bullpen. I was pretty happy with it, I felt like I did pretty well and I was happy to get more opportunities to start this year.”