Mazurek fires no-hitter as Mariners blank undermanned PanthersOceanside sophomore racks up 13 strikeouts in 6-0 baseball win
Waldoboro — Oceanside baseball player Nick Mazurek had not thrown a no-hitter since Little League.
Considering he is an exceptional all-around player on the diamond whether swinging the bat, fielding the ball or throwing a pitch — and the fact he plays baseball typically all summer in either Babe Ruth or American Legion — conventional wisdom would say the high school sophomore was overdue.
The stars aligned on Friday afternoon, April 24 at Medomak Valley High School for such a feat as the Mariners (2-0) bested the Panthers (0-1) 6-0, with Mazurek doing more than his share with an impressive 1-walk, 13-strikeout performance.
Medomak Valley, playing its season- and home-opener, was missing five players on a school-sponsored, spring vacation week trip to Costa Rica (the Panther softball team also was missing seven players in their loss to Oceanside on a neighboring field).
With that stated, Mazurek still needed just 83 pitches to get through the Panther lineup as the hosts did not knock a ball out of the infield until the seventh inning.
Only two Panthers reached base — Josh Lee on a second-inning walk and and a seventh-inning error, and Riley McCollett on an error in the sixth.
“He was impressive,” said Oceanside coach Don Shields of Mazurek. “He really was on all day long. There wasn't an inning where I thought he had to overwork. I think in the fifth inning he was at 54 or 55 pitches and, for a guy who throws so many strikeouts, that's really impressive.”
Mazurek said the no-hitter “was just a bonus” and the Mariners picking up the win was “the most important thing.”
“I guess I just had one of those days where you feel good,” he said. “I've been gone for a week [on vacation] so my arm's been good, so I haven't been overthrowing. I don't know. I just felt really good all day.”
Leading the Mariners at the plate were Zac Roman (single, stolen base), J.T. Tobin (single, run, stolen base), Mazurek (single, run), Thomas Curtis (2 singles, run), Zach Peaco (run), Caleb Jacob (single, run) and Jimmy Strong (run).
Micah Williamson, Tyler Emerson, McCollett and Michael Wadsworth pitched for the Panthers, allowing a combined six hits and one walk, with three strikeouts.
Medomak Valley coach Scott Hastings tipped his hat to Mazurek, but said, ultimately, “we're not really concerned about one game.”
“That was certainly an impressive performance,” he said of Mazurek's day on the mound. “And the whole team recognizes that. I think it was us missing five guys which was pretty apparent today. We weren't our best, but we're putting this one behind us."
Oceanside did its damage in the fourth inning, when all six runs were scored on a handful of hits and sacrifices, along with a few Medomak Valley fielding miscues.
Tobin singled to start the top of the fourth for Oceanside, stole second base and then scored the game's first run on an RBI-single by Mazurek.
After a Curtis single moved Mazurek to third base, Peaco then reached on an error, which allowed Mazurek to come in with the game's second run.
Jacob then laid down a bunt single to load the bases, while Strong drew a walk to plate Curtis and put the visitors up 3-0.
Peaco then crossed the plate on a wild pitch followed by Jacob, who scored on an RBI-ground out by Travis Frye. Ryan Allender then plated Strong on a well-executed suicide-squeeze bunt, which rounded out the scoring for Oceanside.
“We had one very good offensive inning where we did everything we needed to do,” said Shields. “We got some timely hits, we ran the bases [and] we had a couple of really nice bunts.”
The Mariner coach added that the rest of the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B teams should not sleep on the Panthers, despite Friday's outcome.
“They're going to win some games,” said Shields. “People should not underestimate how good this Medomak [Valley] team's going to be. I think they're a playoff team.”