Schmitt hurls no-hitter for Middleton

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Rob Reischel
Middleton's Brady Schmitt threw a no-hitter against Madison East last Thursday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

No one will ever confuse Brady Schmitt with Aroldis Chapman or Noah Syndergaard.

No, Schmitt — a junior left-handed pitcher for Middleton’s baseball team — doesn’t rely on an overpowering fastball to win his battles. Instead, Schmitt survives on movement, location, a variety of pitches and out-thinking the player he’s staring at.

Last Thursday, the ultra-crafty Schmitt was at his best and Madison East paid the price. Schmitt threw a no-hitter and led the Cardinals to an 8-1 win over the host Purgolders.

“I was really excited,” Schmitt said of the monumental feat. “It was a lot of fun.”

Amazingly, it was Schmitt’s first appearance since straining his Latissimus Dorsi muscle three weeks ago.

“It’s not a bad injury,” Middleton manager Tom Schmitt said. “It just takes time to heal. It’s a time consuming, nagging injury. It just takes time to get back.”

It didn't look like Brady Schmitt was ever away.

Schmitt threw strikes on 45 of his 71 pitches (63.4%) and kept East off balance the entire day. Schmitt stuck out five, didn’t walk a batter and allowed no earned runs.

In the fourth inning, Middleton shortstop Joel Ticknor made a diving catch for an out, and according to Brady Schmitt said: ‘I’m not letting you lose your perfect game.’

At that point, fantasy crept closer to reality.

“That’s when I first started thinking about the no-hitter,” Brady Schmitt said.

Schmitt actually had a perfect game through six innings. But a Middleton error to open the seventh inning led to an unearned run.

Schmitt was unfazed after the error, though, getting the next two batters out. Schmitt then got East’s Conor Schlichting to fly out to right fielder Luke Ballweg for the final out.

Schmitt also threw a five-inning, no-hitter against Verona in a JV game last season. But this effort was far and away the highlight of his young career.

“I had all three of my pitches working,” said Schmitt, who throws a fastball, curve and change-up. “I kept the ball low and hit my spots.”

Middleton gave Schmitt all the support he needed with a seven-run second inning.

The Cardinals loaded the bases thanks to a leadoff single by Nolan Kelliher and two East errors. Nick Michaels then walked to drive in Kelliher, and Schmitt ripped a two-run double that plated both Ballweg and Nick Casali.

Liam Belleveau tripled to score Michaels and Schmitt. And when East had an errant throw, Belleveau also scored to give Middleton a 6-0 lead.

Then with two outs, Kelliher had an RBI single that plated Cooper Holewinski and pushed Middleton’s lead to 7-0.

Schmitt did the rest with a memorable performance in what’s become a terrific junior season.

When the year began, Schmitt wasn’t expected to be a major contributor on Middleton’s pitching staff. Instead, he’s turned into the Cardinals’ most consistent and reliable starter.

“For me personally, I thought I could do this,” Brady Schmitt said. “We didn’t have any returning innings on varsity, so someone had to step up.”

Added Tom Schmitt: “I knew he’d give us quality innings and throw strikes. But I didn’t expect him to hold these teams down like he has.

“But it’s fun. He loves to pitch. He’s not the hardest thrower at all, but he’s a pitcher.”

And an awfully good one.

Just ask Madison East.

• Middleton 13, Beloit Memorial 2 — The Cardinals erupted for 11 runs in the first three innings and routed the Purple Knights last Tuesday. The game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Middleton junior shortstop Joel Ticknor had a huge day, going 3-for-3 with a double and four RBI, while Nolan Kelliher was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI.

Junior catcher Alan Roden went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI and Zach Shipley was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Luke Ballweg pitched all five innings and picked up the win. Ballweg allowed two hits, one earned run, struck out three and walked two.

• Middleton 6, DeForest 4 — The Cardinals toppled the Norskies in a non-conference game last Saturday. Josh Stumpf threw 4 2/3 innings and allowed just one earned run to pick up the win.

• Wilmot 9, Middleton 8 — The Cardinals committed four errors and fell to the Panthers last Saturday.

Noah Casali went 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Alan Roden went 2-for-4 and Nolan Dahlk had two RBI.


May 25

Middleton 8, Madison East 1

Middeton .......... 070 100 0 — 8 8 1

Madison East .... 000 000 1 — 1 0 2

Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Mid: Schmitt (W; 7-0-0-0-5). ME: Tomony (L; 2-5-4-2-0), Owen (2-2-0-0-2), Ballwahn (2-1-0-0-1), Schlichting


Leading hitters — Mid: Belleveau 3x4; Kelliher 2x3. 2B — Belleveau, Schmitt, Casali (Mid). 3B — Belleveau (Mid).


May 23

Middleton 13, Beloit Memorial 2 (5)

Beloit Mem. ……………. 200 00 — 2 2 3

Middleton ………………. 335 02 — 13 13 1

Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — BM: Freitag (L; 2-10-5-0-1), Lewis (2.1-3-4-1-1); Mid: Ballweg (W; 5-2-1-2-3).

Leading hitters — Mid: Ticknor 3x3, Roden 2x4, Shipley 2x3, Kelliher 2x3, Ballweg 2x3. 2B — Ballweg, Kelliher, Ticknor, Casali (M). HR — Roden (M).


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