Darren Ritter did his best not to relinquish it.
Pitching for the rookie Pulaski Braves, Ritter gave up just one hit over the first five innings, taking the Braves to a 6-3 victory, according to The Pulaski Southwest Times.
Ritter was in his first season as a pro that year with Pulaski. He went on to play in four more, but he never saw time above AA.
Ritter's career began that year, taken by the Braves in the 19th round of the draft, out of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
At UMBC, Ritter struck out better than seven batters per nine innings. In 1989, he struck out 62.
With the Braves, Ritter started at rookie Pulaski. he went 6-5, with a 3.62 ERA over 13 starts. He moved to single-A Burlington in 1990, where he went 6-10 in 25 starts.
Ritter played 1991 between single-A Macon and high-A Durham. He also played the season as a reliever. In 40 total relief outings, his ERA came in at 2.75. He also saved three games. In one April game for Macon, Ritter went 1.1 innings, giving up two hits and an unearned run.
Ritter returned to Durham for 1992, but he was back to starting. He went 10-8 over 26 starts. His ERA was 3.48.
Ritter's final season came in 1993, promoted to AA Greenville. In 35 outings, three starts, Ritter went 4-6, picked up three saves and had an ERA of 6.06. It was his final season as a pro.
- Pulaski Southwest Times, June 25, 1989: P-Brave pitchers throttle Phils, 6-3