To throw a no-hitter in baseball at any level is a wonderful historic accomplishment. How about throwing two no-hitters? Or even better, four no hitters -- in a row. Now that's remarkable.
Patrick Schuster has done the remarkable. The senior at Mitchell High, located just north of Tampa Bay, sealed his third no-hitter in as many starts earlier this week, reports Tampa Bay Online.
Then on Monday night, he did it again, striking out 17 to help his team beat rival Pasco High 5-0 in front of full house of several hundred fans.
"I never thought this would happen," he said. "I'm just having so much fun."
His incredible streak began April 3rd against Land O' Lakes where he struck out 17 batters. Five days later he struck out 10 batters against River Ridge. More recently, he defeated Clearwater Central Catholic where he struck out 16 more batters.
All together, he's piled up 60 strikeouts in the four games, helping Mitchell to a 19-3 record. He's 7-0 on the season.
The 6-foot-3 lefty also has and an impeccable sense of timing -- his third no-hitter came with a ton of pro scouts in the stands watching in amazement. Schuster has already signed with the University of Florida, who must be salivating over their new ace. The lefty was a highly regarded prospect even before the string of no-hitters. Baseball America has graded him a four-star prospect out of five.
"He's on a roll and he's got confidence in every pitch he's throwing right now," said coach Scot Wilcox. "That's why we're seeing so much success out of him."