ROWLEY – It’s a feat rarely accomplished once; It’s sought after and longed for by all yet unattained by most. On Tuesday night, former Pentucket Sachem and current American Legion Post-150 pitcher Ryan Kuchar captured his second no-hitter in 55 days.
On May 1, Kuchar took the mound and shut down Rockport for his first career no-hitter as a member of Pentucket’s baseball team. On Tuesday, Kuchar accomplished his second against North Andover as a member of the Post-150 baseball team.
Just days after his senior baseball season at Pentucket came to a conclusion in the Division III North Semifinals, Kuchar set his sights to Legion baseball and summer baseball. He has taken the mound twice now and owns a 2-0 record. He has yet to allow a run in 14 innings and has fanned 23 while only walking one.
In Tuesday’s outing, Kuchar saw just one ball hit off of him escape the infield. He threw 19 of 21 first-pitch strikes and threw 54 of his 71 pitches for strikes. Adding to the accomplishment, Legion baseball teams are comprised of the best high school players in a region – similar to a regional all-star team.
“When you’re playing Legion, hitters one-through-nine can get the bat on the ball and are all good ballplayers,” American Legion Post 150 Head Coach Tim Southall said. “It just adds to how dominant (Kuchar) was. In his last outing against Lynn, he had 14 strikeouts, then (Tuesday) night he was just phenomenal.”
While effectively turning the lights out on the North Andover offense en route to his team’s 8-0 win, Kuchar was one defensive mishap on a ground ball hit to shortstop away from recording a perfect game.
But his faith in the defense behind him remained untarnished.
“It’s every pitcher’s dream to throw a no-hitter,” Kuchar said. “Luckily, my hard work is paying off. I had a great defense behind me; I couldn’t have done it without them.”