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  • Pitcher throws perfect game, yet loses

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally8 days ago

    A perfect game should be reason to celebrate, a career accomplishment at any level. For a California high school senior, though, her perfect outing ended in a loss.

    Highland's Rachel Garcia tosses 23-K perfect game and loses to Camarillo 1-0 -photos-

    Facing Camarillo (Calif.) in the Thousand Oaks Tournament final on Saturday, Rachel Garcia of Highland (Palmdale, Calif.) struck out 23 batters over eight innings, including the first 18 batters she faced, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

    Camarillo put in a strong performance of its own, holding Highland scoreless through regulation. Center fielder Sarah Urrea dove into the fence to save what could have been a game-winning home run.

    California plays with the international tiebreaker rule, which automatically puts a runner at second base at the beginning of each inning once a game is in extras, so Camarillo started the top of the eighth with its first baserunner of the day.

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  • On a rain delay, H.S. teams decide to joust

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally8 days ago

    Two high school baseball teams in Connecticut decided they weren't just going to sit in the dugout during a recent rain delay. Instead, the Darien High and Warde (Fairfield, Conn.) teams turned the opportunity into a medieval-style joust.

    One player from each team lifted a teammate, wearing the catcher's gear, onto his shoulders, then ran at each other. 

    They also acted out a Revolutionary War-style battle scene, complete with drummer boys. 

    The game eventually resumed, with Darien winning 6-1. it's doubtful the final score will be the last memory, though, when these boys look back on the day.

    "I've always heard about rain delay antics, so it was awesome to finally see in person," Alex Hager, Darien's play-by-play announcer, told MaxPreps. "The team spends so much time together and you can tell that a lot of the guys are great friends. Both of the teams were laughing a lot and just having an all-around great time."


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  • Missouri sophomore pitches perfect game

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally12 days ago

    A high school sophomore in Missouri pitched the best game of his career last week. Really, there's no way to top it: It was perfect.

    The Jefferson City Jays jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first to give their ace a slight cushion. Jacob Weirich took over from there, striking out 11, including the last batter he faced, to secure the 3-0 win for Jefferson City High.

    "I'm lost for words. In 15 years of doing this I've never seen a perfect game," his coach told local station KRCG.

    “It was moving up and down, in and out, it was all over the place in the strike zone,” Weirich told the Jefferson City News Tribune. “I like throwing the fastball, then getting them with the curveball. …I tried to not think about it, I just wanted to throw strikes.”

    Mission accomplished. Of the 80 pitches he threw, 52 were strikes.

    “He’s deceiving,” his coach added. “He throws with enough velocity and has command of his fastball and change-up. He just knows how to pitch.”


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