Prep Rally

  • Pitcher throws perfect game, yet loses

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally6 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 Rally6 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 Rally10 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 Rally11 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: @KRCSbaseball @PinecrestSports

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  • Randall Cunningham's daughter just broke a national record

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally12 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

    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 "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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