EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 2, 2014

Pentucket's Kuchar tosses no-no

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ROCKPORT -- As good as he’s been through the opening half of the season, Ryan Kuchar kicked it up a notch yesterday.

The Pentucket Regional ace struck out 14 in his first varsity no-hitter yesterday as the Sachems blanked Rockport, 7-0.

“This feels great, it’s awesome,” said Kuchar, who hit Sparky’s in Haverhill for some “Sweet Carolina” wings afterward to celebrate the masterpiece. “I just tried to keep pounding the zone and tried not to think about it. By the end, it was all on my team.”

Kuchar, 5-0 as a junior, improved to 2-3 on the young campaign, helping Pentucket to win six of its last seven.

“It’s great to see him rewarded for the way he’s pitched all year,” said coach Tom L’Italien of the right-hander, who lowered his ERA to 1.34 and has now fanned 47 in 31.1 innings with just five walks.

“We’re playing really good defense,” said Kuchar, whose last no-no came for the Newburyport Junior Legion team in the summer after his sophomore high school season. “There’s no better feeling than being on the mound and trusting that all seven guys behind you and the guy behind the plate are going to make all the plays.

“This is a great time for something like this. The team is really coming together and the bats are coming alive. We’re playing well.”

Pentucket plays a non-leaguer today at Greater Lowell before Tuesday’s tough one with Georgetown.