Having two brothers play the same sport at the same time is not unusual at the high school level. What is unusual is when both brothers earn the same achievement on the same night.
Tristan and Ethan Snyder are both members of the Louisa Lions baseball team. Tristan, a senior, plays on the varsity team, while sophomore Ethan plays on the JV squad. Both are pitchers for their respecitve teams and, incidentally, both wear the number 12 jersey.
The brothers also threw no-hitters on the same night to close out their team’s regular seasons.
“It’s pretty cool,” Tristan said. “It’s one of those things we’ll get to look back on and say ‘We did that.’”
Ethan’s no-hitter came at home against the Monticello Mustangs’ JV squad. The JV Lions opened the game with a single run in the first inning, then blew things open with an 11-run surge in the bottom of the fourth to win the night in five innings with a score of 12-0.
Throughout the game, Ethan struck out 10 batters. Adding to his excitement for the night, the JV game was his first of the year following recovery from a broken arm.
“It felt great,” he said. “It was exactly what I needed for my first game back.”
Ethan’s elation was doubled when he learned that his brother had had an equally strong night on the mound at Monticello.
“I was ecstatic,” he said “It felt great to know what we’d done.”
The Lions’ varsity team played a full seven-inning game, winning 5-0. Tristan led the defense from the mound, striking out eight batters. Senior Matt West got the Lions on the board with a two-run homer in the first inning and they added three more runs in the third for the final score.
Though neither Tristan or Ethan knew it at the time, their no hitters would mark the final games for their teams before the Region 4B tournament. Heavy rains resulted in the final games of the season being cancelled. The Snyder borthers will continue playing together a little while longer, however, as Ethan has been pulled up to the varsity team for the tournament.
“It makes me want to try harder,” he said. “I have step up and make sure I can play at the same level Tristan does.”
The Lions host their first regional game on May 24 at 6:30 p.m.