The season is still early, but one New Mexico pitcher has already put his stamp on a rather remarkable achievement: He threw three consecutive no-hitters, a streak capped with a seven-inning perfect game.
As reported by the Santa Fe New Mexican and a handful of other sources, Santa Fe (N.M.) St. Michael's School pitcher Colin Friedman tossed his third no-hitter of the season -- and third in a row -- when the Horsemen knocked off Pojoaque Valley (N.M.) 3-0 in the teams' district opener. The pitching performance overshadowed another statistical anomaly in the game when Pojoaque turned a triple play in the game as well.
In the last of his three-straight no-nos, Friedman was absolutely perfect, punching out all 21 of the batters he faced. Incredibly, 12 Pojoaque players went back to the dugout after strike outs, a fitting feature for a game in which Friedman threw 61 of 77 total pitches for strikes.
That dazzling performance followed two prior no-hitters -- against Bloomfeld (N.M) High and Raton (N.M.) High -- in shortened games. In total, Friedman reached 18 consecutive innings without allowing a hit, striking out 28 hitters while walking just one in those three games.
For his part, Friedman took the perfect game and his run of no-hitters in stride, passing off credit to the program as a whole.
"It's just special," Friedman told the New Mexican. "People have been really excited about it. It's just a testament to this team and the coaches."
The streak isn't over yet, either. While the Horsemen have moved on with their season, winning both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday, it's still possible that Friedman could toss a no-hitter a fourth straight time. St. Michael's coach David Vigil told the New Mexican that he planned to save the senior ace's next start until an April 7 district face-off with Hope (N.M.) High.
That just gives Friedman a few more days to think about the possibilities ... and Hope a little more of a chance to desperately try and figure out how to get to a pitcher who has proven literally unhittable for a span of two weeks.
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