Patrick Schuster is good.
He’s so good that he’s pitched no-hitters in three straight games for his Mitchell Mustangs high school baseball team.
The streak began against Land O’Lakes with a 17-strikeout, seven-inning no-hitter on April 3. The next team to fall victim to Patrick Schuster was River Ridge, when he fanned 10 in a five-inning, 10-0 win five days later. Schuster’s most recent triumph came against Clearwater Central Catholic, when he struck out 16 banners en route to his third straight no-hitter.
As his streak has gone on, the pressure has increased. Schuster’s last start was in front of several Major League scouts.
“I tell you what, he’s just in a zone right now,” Mustangs coach Scot Wilcox said. “It’s like business. He went to work. There were a lot of scouts there and a lot of anticipation and he lived up to it.”
Schuster said, “It’s great. I can’t think of a more perfect time for this. There were 15-20 scouts there and most of them were bosses of guys watching me. I’m having a blast right now.”
As for his future, Schuster has signed with the University of Florida, but that of course is pending the MLB Draft. A kid who can toss no-hitters like that will certainly be coveted.
He’ll go for his 4th straight no-hitter on April 20th. If his opponents “celebrate” that day, his chances will be pretty good.
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