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CRESTWOOD – Jason Sterrett wasn’t quite perfect, but he was pretty darn close.
Sterrett, a senior righthander for the North Oldham Mustangs threw a no-hitter as NOHS routed South Oldham 11-0 in the opening round of the district tournament Monday.
Sterrett allowed just one baserunner, in the fourth inning when he hit his close friend Daniel Pulliam in the helmet with an errant curveball.
“That’s OK, it was Daniel,” Sterrett joked. “I figured I could give him one. If I was going to hit someone it might as well been him.”
Hitting Pulliam was about all that went wrong for Sterrett on the evening as he struck out 13 batters and walked none in a dominating performance.
“My location was good tonight,” Sterrett said. “My curveball was off so I went with my fastball a lot and it felt like it was just jumping out of my hand.”
Sterrett’s performance left the Dragons’ hitters shaking their heads more often than not as they headed back to the dugout after chasing and missing one of his fastballs.
“He was unhittable tonight, literally,” NOHS coach Matt Walker said. “They couldn’t catch up with his fastball. He lived with it all night. I am not sure what he was throwing but he had to be up there around 88 of 89 miles an hour for most of the game.”
Sterrett had plenty of offensive support on the night and was quick to acknowledge it.
“Everybody came to play,” Sterrett said. “After the last 20 innings or so that I have pitched of not having any runs, it was good to have some.”
The Mustangs ended the game in dramatic fashion when Chris Tyler jacked a two-run home run well over the fence in right field to end the game.
Two batters before Tyler’s shot off SOHS reliever Alex Sharrard, NOHS’ Nick Harley hit a rocket line drive, three-run homer over the wall in left off SOHS starter Derek Nichter that made the score 9-0.
The Mustangs gave Sterrett all the runs he would need in the first after Sterrett led off with a single and advanced on a sacrifice bunt from Connor Heady. Sterrett then scoring on an infield error.
NOHS scored two more in the third when Sterrett’s slicing fly to right fell in and he raced all the way to third. He scored on Heady’s bunt. Heady went to third on a throwing error and scored on Harley’s single up the middle. NOHS made it 4-0 in the fourth when Mike Gant scored off Austin Love’s groundball to first.
The Mustangs went up 6-0 in the fifth when Heady struck out but reached third on a throwing error. He scored on Harley’s single. Harley scored when Tyler singled to left.
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