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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:00 pm

Justin Schuler put up eye-popping numbers in his pitching performance last Friday against Warrenton at Dutzow Ballpark.

The senior southpaw tossed a seven-inning no-hitter, registering 17 strikeouts, in the Blue Jays’ 9-0 baseball victory over the Warriors.

“I’m excited about it. I never thought I’d ever have a game like that. I don’t consider myself a strikeout pitcher,” Schuler said. “The big thing was that I usually got ahead in the count. Once I got ahead, I got them out with my curveball, or stayed with my fastball if they weren’t catching up to it.”

All but four of the outs Schuler recorded came via the strikeout.

In the four outs that were not strikeouts, two of them were ground balls back to the mound, meaning Schuler had a hand in 19 of the 21 outs.

The other two outs were a sacrifice bunt that catcher Sam Katzung fielded and a fly ball to right field caught by Jared Walde.

In seven innings of work, Schuler allowed no runs or hits with four walks and 17 strikeouts. He struck out the first five batters of the game.

“It’s hard to describe Justin’s performance. He started out not being able to throw a strike while warming up, and then went out and completely dominated,” said Washington Head Coach Scott Bray. “I believe the 17 strikeouts is a school record, and our first no-hitter versus a GAC school. It was a great performance against a pretty good team.”

Schuler, who once threw a one-hitter for the Washington Post 218 Junior Legion team, agreed that he did not have a good warm-up session.

“I’ve noticed that when I don’t throw well in the bullpen, I usually have a good game,” Schuler said. “In this game, part of it probably was that there isn’t a mound in the bullpen at Dutzow, which threw me off a little.”

The Blue Jays (7-4) took the lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning, which was all they needed.

They added three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and five in the sixth.

“It was a 1-0 game through 4 1/2 innings, so it was much closer than the final score indicated,” Bray said. “It was hard to get a read on our defense with only having to field two balls.”

Brock Hopkins, who has one of the top batting averages in the St. Louis area at .560, continued his hot hitting by going 3-3 at the plate with a double, two RBIs and two runs.

Dilan Bollmann and Katzung (one double) both were 2-4 with one RBI. Bollmann also scored two runs.

Todd Hellmann (double) and Phillip Straatmann both finished with one hit and one walk. Straatmann also scored a run.

Alex Monehan and Luke Hasenjaeger both walked and scored. Pete Coulter scored two runs.

Ben Stephens was Warrenton’s starting pitcher and suffered the loss.

Trevor Bradshaw and Corey Eckenfels both drew a pair of walks for the Warriors (5-3).

It was a 1-0 game through 4 1/2 innings, so it was much closer than the final score indicated,” Bray said.

Lutheran South

Washington won Monday at Lutheran South, 4-3.

The Blue Jays led 4-0 after scoring two runs in the top of the first inning and single tallies in the third and fourth frames.

The Lancers (10-4) scored one run in the bottom of the fourth and two in the fifth.

“We jumped out to an early lead and held on from there with Kyle Summers closing it out,” Bray said. “He came in the game in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and started the 1-2-3 double play when he made a very good play on a ball back to him. He then shut the door in the seventh.”

Zach Pointer pitched the first four innings for the win. He allowed three runs, two earned, five hits with five walks and three strikeouts.

Andrew Sumner, 1.1 innings, and Kyle Summers, 1.2 innings, pitched in relief. Summers earned the save.

Sam Katzung was 3-3 at the plate with one RBI.

Todd Hellmann was 3-4 with two runs and one RBI.

Hopkins belted a home run, finishing with one hit, one RBI and one run.

Hasenjaeger, Pointer and Walde each added one hit. Pointer scored a run.

Jeff Hennen started and suffered the loss for Lutheran South. Nicholas Bohlmann, Trevor Jost and Cole Bornhop each had two hits.

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Area Sports Schedule

Baseball

Thursday, April 17

*Union 11, Owensville 1

*New Haven 5, St. Clair 4

*Pacific 5, St. James 4

Saturday, April 19

Washington 5, Union 1

Monday, April 21

Lutheran SC 3, Borgia 0

*Pacific 6, St. Clair 5

Tuesday, April 22

*Washington 9, Ft. Zumwalt North 8

Wednesday, April 23

*Washington at FZN    4:30 p.m.

Trinity at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Union at Farmington    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

*Hermann at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Winfield    4:30 p.m.

*Union vs. Sullivan (GCS Ballpark)    5 p.m.

Saturday, April 26

Washington at Kirkwood    10 a.m.

St. Clair at Farmington    10 a.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    noon

St. Clair vs. Oakville (at Farmington)    12:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

Thursday, April 17

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt S 1 (PKs)

Union 10, North County 0

St. Clair 3, Maplewood 1 (Hillsboro Tny)

Friday, April 18

Washington 2, Sullivan 1

Ritenour 2, St. Clair 0 (Hillsboro Tny)

Saturday, April 19

Cape Girardeau Central 3, St. Clair 2 (Hillsboro Tny)

Monday, April 21

*Holt 2, Washington 0

*Pacific 10, St. James 0

Borgia 3, Lutheran SC 2 (OT)

Tuesday, April 22

Hillsboro 1, St. Clair 0

*Washington 3, Ft. Zumwalt East 2

*Union 2, Sullivan 0

*Owensville 3, Pacific 2

Wednesday, April 23

Union at Incarnate Word    4 p.m.

Trinity at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

St. Clair at Northwest    4 p.m.

De Soto at Pacific    5 p.m.

Friday, April 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at FZN    5 p.m.

Golf

Monday, April 21

Warrenton 155, Washington 157 (Medalist-War E. Luecke 32)

Tuesday, April 22

St. James Tny    8 a.m.

Borgia at AAA Tny    1 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

*Borgia at St. Mary’s 3:30 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    4 p.m.

*St. Clair at Owensville    4 p.m.

Track and Field

Tuesday, April 22

Washington Nix Relays (Timberland won both divisions)

Friday, April 25

Owensville Inv    4 p.m.

Pacific at De Soto    4 p.m.

Potosi Inv    4 p.m

Union at Cape Central Relays    TBA

Saturday, April 26

Washington at Ladue    9 a.m.

Union at Cape Central Relays    TBA

Boys Volleyball

Wednesday, April 23

North Tech at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

Bayless at Borgia    5 p.m.

College Softball

Monday, April 21

*ECC at St. Louis (Split-St. Louis won first game, 6-5, ECC won second game in eight innings, 9-8)

Wednesday, April 23

*Three Rivers at ECC, 2 p.m.

Friday, April 25

ECC at Region 16 Tournament, TBA

*Conference Games

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