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Folsom sophomore hurls gem

By: Matt Long
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A dream of any pitcher is to throw a no hitter, but most never come close. Folsom High sophomore right-hander Sam Notareus, however, had his chance and came through in the clutch on the afternoon of May 5. Folsom played host to Ponderosa and defeated the Bruins 8-0 behind a no-run, no-hit, 10 strikeout performance from Notareus, the team’s ace pitcher. “It’s definitely the highlight of my season and my baseball career,” Notareus said. “I was pitching well, using mostly my fastball, and the whole team backed me up. There were a couple of close plays but my teammates were there.” Notareus, who also throws a curve ball and a changeup, struck out 10 batters, which was one of his best performances of the season. He threw 97 pitches in the game, 62 for strikes. He retired the first 16 batters before issuing a one-out walk in the sixth. He finished the game with three walks and Ponderosa batters only hit two balls out of the infield. Even though Notareus walked two batters in the seventh inning, he said he wasn’t nervous or even thinking about the no hitter. “My mindset was just to throw one pitch at a time and not worry about anything else,” the 15-year-old said. “I wasn’t too nervous. I didn’t want to lose focus.” Notareus helped Folsom High’s junior varsity baseball team to a 10-13 record.