Jonah Wachter will never forget closing out his high school baseball career with a no-hitter in a state championship game. It's the previous 15 months that the Concord High (N.H.) ace would like to forget about.
Wachter's second postseason no-hitter sealed a NHIA Division 1 state championship for Concord (17-4) with the 4-0 victory over Winnacunnet (18-5) on Saturday. A University of Hartford commit, Wachter outpitched New Hampshire's top pitching prospect in the Class of 2022 -- Michigan-bound right-hander Joe Allen.
Wachter's high school career comes to an end in storybook fashion after much of the body of his Concord High story was filled with setbacks. Wachter didn't make his varsity debut until the spring of his senior year due to the COVID-related cancellation of the 2020 season. He played junior varsity as a sophomore when Concord's senior-laden team went 17-3.
"It was a big deal for us to go this far because we had no prior varsity experience entering the season," Wachter said. "Our team was all first-year varsity players. Mentally, other teams didn't think we'd be a force to be reckoned with. We came out and fought every game and put in a ton of work."