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April 21, 2009
by Ryan Hudson
We have a rule here at RCS: if you’re a high school pitcher, you must throw four no-hitters to be considered newsworthy (it’s about standards, people). So you know that since this post is about Mitchell High pitcher Patrick Schuster, he did just that.
Yes, last night, Schuster, a senior, tossed his fourth consecutive no-hitter, striking out 15 batters in the process. The last hit he gave up was a grand slam – on March 24th. How’s he handling the pressure and national attention (he was on ESPN’s First Take on Friday, and appeared during SportsCenter last night). Well, like a high school kid.
"I never thought this would happen," he said. "I'm just having so much fun right now."
Schuster said the streak has been harder on his mother, Sharon, than it's been on him.
"I've got the confidence, and she's over there biting her nails and stuff," he said. "I'm having fun with it and she's nervous. She's probably going to make me cry as soon as I see her."
The national record is six straight no-hitter (oddly, by a current ESPN employee - Tom Engle, and shared by Chris Taranto).
Schuster, who has already signed with Florida, but not ruled out jumping right to the pros, will go for his fifth-straight no-no a week from today, in the Class 6A, District 7 tournament. Schuster is 8-0 with a 0.73 ERA with 110 strikeouts in 53 IP this season.
High school pitcher tosses fourth straight no-hitter - MSNBC
Schuster seeks no-no No. 5 next week - TampaBay.com