Perfect games are more common in high school than college or the major leagues, but they’re still notable, once-in-a-career experiences. That’s why a major controversy has erupted in Georgia, where a sophomore recorded a complete-game no-hitter that would have been a perfect game, if not for the uber-rare call of an illegal pitch.
As reported by the Dalton Daily Citizen, Dalton (Ga.) Coahulla Creek pitcher Zack Glines tossed a no-hitter during the Colts’ 8-0 victory against Gordon (Ga.) Central High. In the process, Glines allowed just two batters to reach base, both on walks.
According to both Glines’ coach, Coahulla Creek's Michael Bolen, both of the walks were the direct result of illegal pitch calls, both due to Glines’ inability to keep his foot flat on the rubber of the mound.
Bolen chalked the mistake up to Glines’ relative lack of pitching time early in the season, though he also hinted that more terrific performances from Glines could be on the way.
“He wasn’t able to get on the mound much at the beginning of the season, so he had been in relief through the non-region schedule as we built his arm strength back up,” Bolen told the Daily Citizen.
“He threw 78 pitches tonight, and his location was working all night.”
A seven-inning virtual perfect game on 78 pitches? Maybe we all will hear more from Glines in the not too distant future.