Colton Schuchart added yet another no-hitter to his illustrious resume during his Jourdanton career.
The senior lefty struck out 11 and only allowed two batters to reach on a pair of dropped third strikes in Jourdanton’s 11-1 win over Natalia on Thursday. It was Schuchart’s fifth career no-hitter.
It felt like the first for Jourdanton’s ace.
“Every no-hitter, it’s like my first one,” Schuchart said. “I get excited for it. I look back at it to see what I could’ve done differently. I reflect on myself after every game, looking and seeing what I could’ve done better.”
The feat came hours after Schuchart signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Northwestern College.
“It’s like God was telling me to go to Northwestern after that,” Schuchart said. “What are the odds of me signing hours before and then throwing a no-hitter? It just doesn’t happen that often.”
Luis Buentello was the one to break up Schuchart’s shutout in the top of the second inning. After reaching on the dropped third strike, Buentello would come around to score on three passed balls to give Natalia their lone run. Schuchart also allowed one runner to reach base in the top of the first inning.
“That one run that scored, it was mostly my fault for throwing those passed balls, being out of control,” Schuchart said.
Schuhart would then go on to retire the next 12 batters in order to close the game. His coach knew he brought his best stuff to the bump in the first inning on Thursday.
“The first inning, right off the bat,” Head Coach John Conway said. “The way he works, his tempo. You can see it. He was hitting his spot and we knew he was on.”
Jourdanton’s offense made up for it, scoring three runs in the fourth inning and five in the fifth to invoke the run rule.
Caden Fuselier delivered the walk-off RBI on a ground ball and subsequent error by Natalia that let Nick Cordova score. It was the third RBI of the game for Fuselier.
Cole Andrus delivered a three-run inside-thepark home run to open the scoring in the first inning. That sparked Jourdanton’s offensive explosion.
“It was definitely big for us because we haven’t had a game like that since non-district,” Conway said. “To come out and get three runs on the board right off the bat took a little bit of pressure off Colton pitching-wise and on defense. We just came out hitting the ball.”
Hitting was the focal point of Jourdanton’s practices leading up to Thursday’s game. The Indians had been held to six hits in three of their previous four games and each of those three resulted in losses.
“We just focused on batting all week and offensive play,” Andrus said. “We just worked really hard at it all week. We just focused and put the ball in play like we’ve needed to do. It feels good to know that we’re making progress.”
Jourdanton (8-4, 4-2) traveled to Cotulla on Tuesday. They will host Dilley on Friday, April 9.