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Volstad impressed with Schuster's streak

Volstad impressed with Schuster

NEW YORK -- Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad knows about being a dominating high school pitcher.

As a senior at Palm Beach Gardens High School, Volstad posted a 7-2 record with a 0.41 ERA in 10 games. He struck out 98 batters and walked eight in 69 innings.

What Volstad never did at the prep level was toss a no-hitter.

For that reason, the 22-year-old is amazed at the streak that was just snapped for prep sensation Patrick Schuster of Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Fla.

Like Schuster, Volstad is a Florida native.

Schuster saw his string of four consecutive no-hitters snapped on Tuesday night in the third inning as he was bidding for a fifth successive no-no. The string ended when Drew Doty of Gaither High School in Tampa hit a double.

Volstad, and several Marlins, followed Schuster's quest in the clubhouse on Tuesday at Citi Field.

"I never had a no-hitter," said Volstad, a first-round pick in 2005. "I had a couple of one-hitters, but never a no-hitter. I was close. I remember, actually, I was on the road one time, and there was a popup behind short and third. They ran over, but it fell in like the sixth inning."

To Volstad's recollection, he thinks he tossed a no-hitter at the youth level, when he was about 10.

"I think it was one of the first games I pitched," Volstad said. "I was like 10, and I pitched a no-hitter."

In regards to Schuster, Volstad said: "That's unbelievable -- [four], and in a row, too. I don't know how it's possible."

The odds are so remote for no-hit success to keep stringing along.

"There is always something off the end of the bat, or a swinging bunt," Volstad said. "He must just be dominating."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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