Truth be told, Cotey and I are emotionally spent after watching Mitchell lefty Patrick Schuster toss his state-record fourth no-hitter in a row against Pasco.
Every pitch was intense. Every swing that made contact with a Schuster pitch –– and there weren't many –– caused the stomach to tighten. Even Schuster himself said at times, he wanted it to end one way or the other.
"I was nervous probably for the first time during all this," Mustangs coach Scot Wilcox said.
Well, fellas, next week we do it all over again.
According to Wilcox, Schuster's next scheduled start is in the Class 6A, District 7 tournament on April 28. The opponent: either Gaither or St. Petersburg.
Schuster will enter the game two no-hitters shy of the national record –– according to the National High School Sports Record Book –– and riding a streak of 26 1/3 consecutive hitless innings.
The last hit he allowed: a two-out double to Alonso's Ray Delphey in the sixth inning of a March 24 win at Alonso.
"Until these last four or five games, I was set that my junior year was better than this year," Schuster said. "Coming out and doing stuff like this, I'm just having a blast."