Wooden perfect for No. County

April 29, 1994|By Pat O'Malley

It was a game No. 12 North County (8-5) had to win to keep its playoff hopes alive in the 4A East Region. Junior Mike Wooden made sure the Knights got it by not allowing an Old Mill player to reach base.

Working on a perfect game and holding a 2-0 lead over No. 2 Old Mill (10-3) in the last inning, Wooden started leadoff hitter Mike Longazel with three balls. A fastball made it 3-1 and Longazel hit the next pitch hard on the ground -- but right at first baseman Tweety Barton.

Wooden (4-1) then struck out Brian Bogle and got Jimmy Greer on a grounder to complete the perfect game and 2-0 victory.

It was Wooden's second career no-hitter, tying an Anne Arundel County record.

Wooden, whose single after Steve Tomshack's double led to North County's first run in the first inning, struck out the first seven batters and had 15 for the game. No one hit the ball to the outfield.

Every Patriot in the lineup struck out at least once except Josh Fretz (grounded out twice), with the No. 2 through 7 hitters striking out at least twice each.

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