The San Jacinto College baseball team got off to an impressive 4-0 start, punctuated by a no-hitter pitched by Montana Parsons of The Woodlands, and a rare perfect game hurled by Colton Schmidt of La Porte at the season-opening College of Southern Nevada Coyote Border Battle tournament, played in Henderson, Nevada Jan. 29 through Jan. 31.
“This team has such depth and talent, which was on full display at the tournament,” commented Head Coach Tom Arrington. “Every player performed extremely well, and Montana and Colton were especially dominant. A no-hitter is an amazing accomplishment, but throwing a perfect game is one of the most difficult and rarest achievements at any level of baseball.”
In the non-conference tournament, San Jac outscored the four teams they faced 48 to 12. Game 3 of the tournament was billed as a “prime time” matchup. San Jac, ranked 10th in the nation by the National Junior Collegiate Athletics Association (NJCAA), faced eighth-ranked Southern Nevada, and won the game 11-5. But the highlights of the tournament were Parsons’ no-hitter, and Schmidt’s perfect game.
San Jac sophomore lefty Schmidt was so focused that he was unaware he pitched a perfect game until the game was over and teammates mobbed him on the mound. “Once it soaked in, it was a really great feeling,” commented Schmidt (La Porte / La Porte High School). “I pitched a no-hitter in high school, which was great, but pitching that perfect game in Nevada was really special.”
San Jac defeated Salt Lake Community College 11-0 in Schmidt’s gem. The game was called due to the run-rule in the sixth inning. Schmidt twirled a complete game, facing 18 hitters with 12 strikeouts, no walks, and no runners ever reaching base. Only two hitters even made contact – one tapped a routine infield groundout, and one hit a routine fly which was caught by an outfielder.
Schmidt relies on finesse, painting the corners with a fastball that tops out at around 89 mph. His most effective pitch is a deceptive slider that keeps hitters off-balance. After graduating from San Jacinto College, he plans to transfer to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
San Jac sophomore righty Parsons, on the other hand, used a different approach to achieve his no-hitter. “I throw heat,” he commented. “I just fire it in there, challenge guys to see if they can hit it.” Parsons’ fastball can touch around 95 mph on the radar gun. He mixes in an occasional curveball to keep batters guessing.
San Jac beat Southern Idaho College 10-0 in Parsons’ no-hitter. He pitched a complete game, which was called due to run rule after 5 innings. Parsons struck out 7 of the 18 batters he faced. One batter walked, and one was hit by a pitch, so only two hitters reached base.
After graduating from San Jacinto College, Parsons (The Woodlands / College Park High School) plans to transfer to Baylor University.
To learn more about San Jac baseball, please visit sanjacsports.com.