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Pitchers' dual produces perfect game

By: Matt Long
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It’s not easy being perfect but a few Folsom little league pitchers made it look easy on May 13. In a Folsom American Little League game at Kuntz Field between the Major Angels and A’s, both teams put on a pitching display that most have never seen or will likely not see again. The Angels won the game 1-0 in 10 innings, four innings longer than a regulation game. Josh Hook pitched 7 2/3 innings of perfect baseball before reaching his 85-pitch count limit. Eli Wood replaced him and picked up where Hook left off, throwing 2 1/3 innings of perfect ball. Hook struck out 19 batters, while Wood sent down three. Out of the 30 outs the Angels recorded, all but eight were strikeouts. On the other side, A’s pitchers were nearly as good. While they didn’t have a perfect game, Jake Jeffrey and Billy Martina were close. Jeffrey threw 6 2/3 innings of no-hit ball, striking out 12 before he reached his pitch count limit. Martina replaced him and pitched the last 3 1/3 innings and allowed only one hit, that coming in the final inning. Jeffrey struck out 12, while Martina earned six strikeouts. “It was a well-played game,” Angels manager Ernie Hook said. “I’ve never seen a game like that and I’ve been involved with little league since 1995. It’s rare to see something like this. All the players were taking it in stride too like it happens all the time. Both teams received a standing ovation when the game was over.” A’s coach Keith Cable couldn’t say enough about the performance of both teams. “I thought it was a tremendous game by both sides,” Cable said. “I’ve been in the Majors for three years and in Folsom American for eight and I’ve never seen a game that was such a dogfight. I received positive comments about this game even the next day. It was the talk of the league.” The Angels won the game in the tenth inning. With one out, Hook walked and then stole second base. After the second out of the inning, Ryan Van Saun got the game’s only hit with a line drive to center field, which scored the only run of the game. In the bottom of the tenth, Beau Eaton made the defensive play of the game, hauling a sinking line drive in right field to preserve the perfect game. Not surprisingly, Wood recorded the last out of the game on a strikeout.