MV's Jesse Buratt throws the first no-hitter in PGCBL history

Jesse Buratt in action for the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs as a third baseman in a game at Vet's Park. Photo courtesy Little Falls Times/Jon Rathburn

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Mohawk Valley’s Jesse Buratt (Baton Rouge C.C.) will have his name forever etched in the record books of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.

Buratt became the first pitcher in PGCBL history to record a no-hitter as he threw a seven-inning complete game no-hit shutout in Mohawk Valley’s 5-0 victory over the Albany Dutchmen on Wed., July 11, Bob Bellizzi Field in Albany. Buratt’s no-hitter is the first in league history as well as the first no-hitter in the seven-year existence of the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs which dates back to 2006.

The Geismar, La., native allowed just four Albany base runners in the seven-inning contest which was the opening game of a twin bill. In just his second start of the summer, Buratt held the Dutchmen without a hit, walked two, hit one and struck out three. The lone Albany runner to advance to first base safely on a batted ball reached on an error in the sixth inning.

Mohawk Valley scored one run in the top of the first inning and Buratt pitched the entire seven-inning contest with the lead. He retired the side in order in the first and then received some help in the second inning from catcher Eddie Sorondo (Delaware State). Buratt plunked lead-off hitter Michael Jurgella (Saint Cloud State). With Morgan Phillips (Charleston) at the plate, Jurgella attempted to steal second however he was thrown out by Sorondo. Later in the frame, Buratt induced an inning-ending force out on a fielders’ choice after issuing a two-out walk.

The Southeastern Lousiana University signee seated seven batters in the row between the third and fifth innings. Albany’s Jack Wietlispach (Parkland) drew a one-out walk in the fifth. Buratt quickly eliminated the threat as he induced the next batter to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Albany’s biggest chance to break through against Mohawk Valley came in the sixth inning. Pinch hitter Will Remillard (Coastal Carolina) started the stanza with a fly out to left field. Nick Chapman (UNC Greensboro) followed up with a ground ball to the left side. The ball was fielded cleanly by shortstop Tyler Hall (Herkimer County C.C.) however his throw was high and pulled Jack Morrow (Young Harris) off of first base to allow Chapman to reach safely on an error. Buratt forced the next batter, Nolan Gaige (UAlbany) to fly out to center field for the second out. With two away, a wild pitch moved Chapman up to second base. However the righty from Baton Rouge C.C. was able to work his way out of trouble as he induced a pop out to the shortstop to end the inning.

Buratt completed the no-hitter in the seventh just like he had started in the first, by retiring the side in order. The final out in Buratt’s no-no came on a swinging strikeout.

Click here to listen to how the final out was described over the Albany TEAMLINE broadcast.

In two starts this summer, Buratt is 2-0 with a 0.69 earned run average. He has earned victories over the nationally-ranked Amsterdam Mohawks at Shuttleworth Park and the Albany Dutchmen at Bob Bellizzi Field. The Mohawk Valley utility man has allowed only one earned run in 13 innings as a starter and struck out eight. Wednesday’s game was just the fifth pitching appearance for Buratt this summer who has been utilized by head coach Roberto Vaz and pitching coach Matthew Erzar as a starting pitcher, relief pitcher and part-time third baseman.

The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs have won seven games in a row to improve to 16-13. Jesse Buratt has recorded two of those seven victories.

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