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Pitch Perfect Perfection

John Rowland

Posted on June 1, 2019 14:23

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A New York high school softball pitcher has thrown a 'perfect' perfect game.

Shannon Becker is a sophomore at Mahopac High School in New York's Putnam County. She is a pitcher for her high school's softball team. Several weeks ago, against rival Carmel, she struck out all 21 batters she faced in an 8-0 victory. It's thought to be the first such occurrence in New York high school softball history.

Image: lohud.com
Image: Lohud.com

 

A perfect game is typically when a pitcher doesn't allow a runner to reach base, possibly allowing several ground outs and/or fly outs in the process; there might also be some spectacular defensive plays by other teammates to preserve the perfect game.

In Becker's case, she was the entire defense, period. By striking out the side in all seven innings, she threw the equivalent of a 'perfect' perfect game. By extension, one guesses that if a pitcher does this by throwing all strikes (no pitches out of the strike zone), it'd be a 'perfect' 'perfect' perfect game.

Unlike places like Florida and California, one doesn't normally think of New York as a hotbed of softball talent, but Shannon has certainly put the Empire State on the map. So good for her; she's a good kid with a good attitude. Maybe she even has the keen gift of musical perfect pitch.

John Rowland

Posted on June 1, 2019 14:23

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