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Shepherd (Texas) might be only 4-9 on the season, but its games have probably drawn more scouts than any baseball program in the country. That's because when Tyler Kolek takes the mound for the Pirates, amazing things happen.

So far in 2014, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound right-handed pitcher has yet to give up a hit in 15 innings pitched. He picked up his first no-hitter of the season Friday in a 10-0 win over Liberty in district play. Kolek (2-0) struck out 11 batters in five innings, did not walk a batter and hit one in posting his second win of the season.

The outing marked the third time this year that Kolek has thrown five innings in a game and not allowed a hit. In his first outing of the season, a 3-0 win over Lumberton, Kolek pitched five innings and struck out 11 with one walk. He did not finish the game, however, giving way to brother Stephen Kolek, who pitched the final two innings.

In his second start, Tyler Kolek went five innings against Tarkington and did not allow a hit while striking out 13 in five innings of work. However Tarkington scored two runs in the sixth against a Shepherd relief pitcher and gained the 2-0 win.

Tyler has struck out 35 batters in 15 innings with one walk and six hit batsmen. He has regularly pitched in front of approximately 30 scouts, which might be expected from a pitcher who hit 100 mph in June at a summer showcase.

He is ranked No. 4 among MaxPreps' list of the Top 100 Players in the Class of 2014. Kolek is expected to throw again on Friday.