McCOMB, Ohio (WTVG) - One batter.
That's all McComb pitcher Caden Schroeder had to sit down in a game last week to finish with a perfect game.
Not that day. That one batter advanced to first base thanks to a walk.
Schroeder's work on the next hitter allowed the senior to finish with a no-hitter.
"Switching it up a lot and throwing strikes is the main part (to my success that day)," Schroeder said. "My defense made a lot of good plays. Just fastball, change-up and an occasional curve ball."
If you are into that whole superstition thing, the scorekeeper did mention the perfect game possibility late in the game to Panthers head coach Robbie Quiroga.
"I'm superstitious ... I never point fingers," Quiorga said with a laugh.
Schroeder's teammates says he had his focus locked in on each batter and did not look toward the finish line.
"I don't even think he knew he had a perfect game going and it looked like he was just out there playing catch with the catcher," McComb third baseman Adrian Grubb said. "That's what's amazing about it."
Schroeder's mother recently began five weeks of cancer treatments near Chicago and was able to watch her son's game via FaceTime.
"We've been best friends since we were born," Grubb said. "Caden doesn't really talk about it and he doesn't really let it phase him - that we can see."
Schroeder says it is interesting to periodically look over and see someone holding up a phone so his mother can watch.
"She'd want me to keep having fun," Schroeder said. "There's a lot of community support, praying for her and we know we'll get through it."
The pitching ace title does not belong to Schroeder this year on McComb's team as he's typically behind the plate as a left-handed catcher.