Victoria Cabral ’12 Pitches Perfect Game
On Wednesday, April 18, Victoria Cabral pitched a perfect game against Stoneleigh Burnham School.
A perfect game occurs when a pitcher pitches a victory that lasts a minimum of seven innings and in which no opposing player reaches base. The pitcher cannot allow any hits, walks, hit basemen, or any opposing player to reach base safely for any other reason. A perfect game has been achieved in baseball only 18 times since 1900.
In the first five innings, every out was accomplished by a strikeout. Since a pitcher cannot control whether or not her teammates commit any errors, the pitcher must be backed up by solid fielding to pitch a perfect game. When the ball was put into play in the sixth inning by the opposing team, it was with a bunt directly to Victoria, who threw it to first base for the out. There was a bunt attempt again in the seventh inning, but that batter struck out.
The next batter to put a bunt in play was prevented from reaching base. Dylan Banever ’15, who was covering third base, scooped the ball and threw to Julia Levere ’12 at first. The ball soared over the runner’s shoulder, and Julia had to reach into the base path to catch the ball. Immediately, she was hit in her glove hand as the runner passed over the base, but Julia held on to the ball to record out number 20 of the game. The final batter was struck out by Victoria, and thus she recorded a perfect game.
Wednesday’s game was a display of both great ability and great teamwork. Congratulations to the varsity softball team!