Jason Shuger is having himself a solid start to the 2019 baseball season. In his first pitching appearance of the year, the Lewis-Palmer senior tossed a no-hitter against Ponderosa.
Tuesday, he was at it again. Shuger threw five innings in the Rangers' 12-1 win over Sand Creek. Despite getting a run in, the Scorpions were held hitless by Shuger.
"He got off to a real strong start," coach Brett Lester said. "His breaking ball had great depth and his fastball had some good zip."
To help his own cause, Shuger also blasted a solo home run, his first of the year. To date, the L-P standout is 4-2 with a 1.06 ERA.
He gave up three earned runs in the Rangers 13-1 loss to Pueblo South on Mar. 26. The Rangers came into the season unranked, but currently sit at No. 10 in the Class 4A baseball rankings.
The scary part is that Lester doesn't think his team is operating on all cylinders quite yet.
"I think a handful of guys are underachieving right now based on where their potential lies," Lester said. "A handful of guys are stepping up and we're getting into the meat of our schedule with conference play in the coming weeks and hopefully we'll peak at the right time."
So far this season there are four pitchers who have thrown at least five innings and no-hit their opponents.