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  • Missouri sophomore pitches perfect game

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally4 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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  • Why wait for the field to dry, when you can just bring in a helicopter?

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally5 days ago

    A high school baseball game had to be halted last week because it started pouring in the fourth inning. The sun came out in time to resume play the next day, but the Pinecrest Academy (Cumming, Ga.) field was still too wet.

    That's when a parent from the visiting team called in the most absurd grounds crew possible.

    As reported by Michael Foster of the Forsyth County News,

    Pregame deliberating had come to a standstill when the coaches opened ears to a parent of a King’s Ridge player, who eventually called in a helicopter to hover over and dry off the playing surface.

    “It was definitely one the crazier things I’ve seen,” Pinecrest coach Ryan Weingart said. “It ended up working well. We were one of the few teams in the region that got a game in.”

    This helicopter is rescuing baseball games. STORY/VIDEO: http://t.co/07IgPWwbya @KRCSbaseball @PinecrestSports pic.twitter.com/WQajL2YORI

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  • Randall Cunningham's daughter just broke a national record

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally5 days ago

    The daughter of former Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Randall Cunningham is officially the best high school high jumper in the country. Vashti Cunningham cleared 6-foot-4 1/4 at the Mt. Sac Invitational over the weekend. 

    Broke the national record at 6'4.25 today. Thank you Jesus pic.twitter.com/XnaVCkWePc

    She broke her personal best in her first jump of the day, clearing 6-foot-3, then broke the record in her second jump.

    The record-breaking jump was enough to earn Vashti the title, a repeat performance for the junior. Vashti and her brother shared the Mt. Sac high jump titles last year, before Randall Cunningham, Jr. moved on to star on the USC track and field team. 

    "This is the day," Vashti told RunnerSpace.com. "I felt it since I was warming up. I just knew I've been doing all the work I need to do to get it, so I had no doubt in my mind."

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  • A high school pitcher threw 145 pitches in 12-inning game

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally7 days ago

    A high school baseball pitcher in Texas threw 145 pitches in a single outing last week. His coach says he asked the senior to sit out after the 11th inning, but Brandon White insisted on staying in. He said his arm felt fine, according to the Dallas Morning News.

    Creekview Pitcher Brandon White goes yard in the top of the 12th Creekview 4 Newman Smith 3 @CreekviewATH @HSwfaa pic.twitter.com/DR31J1peqj

    If his team took the lead in the top of the 12th, he asked to be left in for the final three outs. Then he took the matter into his own hands. Leading off the 12th inning, White hit a solo home run. That meant he stayed in to pitch the bottom of the 12th, closing out the 4-3 win.

    It's easy to understand that he wanted to close out the game he'd started, especially against a district rival at a point when his team was undefeated in the district.

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  • After 5 surgeries, righty learns to pitch with left arm

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally7 days ago

    Five surgeries on a throwing arm is enough to end most pitching careers. For Michael Matusz, it just meant learning a new skill set. The sophomore at Woodbridge (N.J.) High School is a natural righty.

    Five surgeries on right arm made J.F. Kennedy @jfkmhs baseball pitcher Michael Matusz a lefty http://t.co/ncL3D9Jbl1 via @MyCentralJersey

    Matusz broke his right arm in kindergarten, just around the time he was starting to learn to play baseball. At that point, doctors diagnosed a bone cyst near his right elbow. Removing the cyst required five surgeries between first and fourth grades, according to MyCentralJersey.com reporter Greg Tufaro

    Throughout that time, Matusz learned to pitch, and completely fell in love with the game – but eventually doctors told him he'd have to make a change if he wanted to keep going with the sport.

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  • 12-year-old outfielder robs a homerun

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally18 days ago

    A 12-year-old from Texarkana, Ark., just pulled in what could easily be the catch of the year.

    Twin City Outlaws left fielder Stone Williams trailed the ball all the way to the fence, making it look easily as he leapt up and nabbed the ball.

    He even held on as he crashed into the fence on the way down. His teammates immediately rushed over to celebrate. 

    It would've been a tough catch at any level, but as a 12-year-old? That's an impressive amount of self control and timing. 

    H/T MaxPreps

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