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June 17, 2014

GOING OUT IN STYLE

Ryan Kuchar wraps up storied career with season for the ages

WEST NEWBURY — One of the best all-around athletes at Pentucket over the past few years, senior pitcher Ryan Kuchar wrapped up his high school career with his best season yet, leading the Sachems to a 15-9 overall record and three wins in the state tournament.

Even on a team loaded with talent, Kuchar was unquestionably the best player on the field every time he took the mound or stepped into the batter’s box, a sentiment echoed by opposing coaches from across the region. With that being the case, The Daily News is proud to honor Kuchar as its 2014 Baseball Player of the Year.

Though Kuchar was only 4-5 on the season — largely a product of poor run support early in the year — his other statistics indicate his dominance on the mound. Kuchar had an ERA of 1.23, 76 strikeouts and just eight walks in 51 innings of work during the regular season.

At the plate, Kuchar hit .306 while maintaining an on-base percentage of .394. He also led the Sachems with 14 runs scored, and he complemented that with 10 RBIs and five doubles. Perhaps most impressively, Kuchar struck out only three times in 62 at bats the whole season.

Kuchar’s best performance of the season came on May 1, when he threw a no-hitter to lead Pentucket to a dominating 7-0 win over Rockport. In that game, Kuchar struck out 14 Vikings while allowing no hits and no walks, and the only batters to reach base did so as a result of errors.

“It was awesome. It’s every pitcher’s dream and I couldn’t have done it without my infield because they saved me that game,” Kuchar said, referring primarily to second baseman Kiernan Haley’s play at second to keep the no-hitter alive during the 7th inning. “I’m happy I did it.”

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