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Prep pitcher denied chance for a perfect all-strikeout game when he’s pulled with one out left

May 30, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT


It was the last game of the regular season for Western Christian School (Upland, Calif.), and pitcher Ryan Olson was having what one might call a dominating performance. Not only was he working on a perfect game, but he had struck out all 20 batters he faced. But with two out in the seventh (high school games go seven innings), Olson was denied a shot at strikeout No. 21 — or a Double Secret Perfect Game, as Dean Wormer might call it. Los Angeles Times:

The junior pitcher struck out 20 batters in 6 2/3 innings against Calvary Murrieta on Thursday. He was pulled with one batter to go so a senior could play on senior day. Western Christian won, 6-0.

Olson sounds like a nice kid, and was probably happy to give way to his senior teammate in the final game of the season. But if I’m that senior, I have to say that I might decline to go in. How often does someone get a chance for a Double Secret Perfect Game? If it’s senior day, maybe they should have started that guy in the first place instead of giving him just a token appearance.

Olson has committed to the University of San Diego.

  1. ThatGuy - May 30, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Or how about, you know, right field? Deny a kid a perfect game? Awful.

  2. sabatimus - May 30, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    I was pretty annoyed when I read that the kid got pulled, but then I thought about it: the coaches probably don’t want to blow his arm out. High school arms 99% of the time aren’t as conditioned as MLB arms; they were probably protecting him from damage, even if it does seem despicable.

    • abbydarren - May 30, 2012 at 11:08 PM

      Are you serious, so there is one out to get and you start worrying about his arm after letting him strikeout the first 20 he faces? Honestly, stupidity never ceases to amaze me.