PASCO, Wash. -- The Columbia Basin Hawks have soared to a 32-6 record this year, putting them in 1st place by 4 games. Starting pitcher Phil Hymas is a big reason why. But it was a long road for Hymas to get to this season.
A scar is a reminder of lost seasons for Hymas. He was pitching in his first start of his freshman season went something went wrong.
Hymas says, "It almost felt like my whole arm tore in half."
He had torn a ligament in his elbow and had to have Tommy John's Surgery.
He says, "They actually took a ligament from my left wrist and put it in my elbow ... It was pretty brutal actually, having to sit out two years here and watch the rest of my teammates."
Hymas missed all of the 2007 season and the 2008 season before starting this season. And the Hawks pitcher has reached great heights this year. He is 6 and 1 for CBC.
CBC Coach Jeremy Beard says, "He's done a great job of rehabbing and working really hard to bring himself back to the caliber of the player I recruited 3 years ago."
Hymas has his eyes on a civil engineering degree after this season. But right now, he and other Hawks have their eyes on an NWAACC championship.