64 pitches, no hits, a grin

Jason Patten throws the first perfect game of more than six innings in 14 years

May 14, 2008|By Pat O'Malley

Archbishop Spalding's Jason Patten said he started thinking about a perfect game in the fifth inning of last Wednesday's game against St. Paul's.

"I had had great location with my fastball and was hitting my spots well," said Patten, who threw the first perfect game of six innings or more since North County's Mike Wooden in 1994. "I mixed in sliders to their best hitter, Jack Carey, and struck him out once. I started thinking about in the fifth inning or so. I thought, 'Wow, I just need a couple more outs.' When I got down to the last out, I just wanted to throw strikes and not walk anybody."

The last out was a high chopper to third baseman Adam Summerfelt, who had to come in on the ball.

"It was close, but he got him and I had it," Patten said. "It is definitely my biggest thrill in high school."

Patten struck out seven on just 64 pitches in the game. The last no-hitter of at least six innings in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference was thrown by Calvert Hall's Andy Bair in 1994.

Cavaliers coach Steve Miller praised his senior right-hander - who improved to 5-1 by shutting down one of the better hitting teams in the metro area -as well as pitching coach Jimmy Jackson.

"Jimmy is an excellent teacher and pitching coach and deserves a lot of the credit, too," Miller said.

Archbishop Spalding boys lacrosse: Archbishop Spalding, which has pulled its share of upsets this season, got its biggest win yet on Friday. First-year coach Zach Burke led the Cavaliers to their first playoff berth in the MIAA A Conference playoffs with a 12-9 victory over No. 2 Loyola on Friday. Andrew Scalley led the No. 9 Cavaliers (8-7, 5-5) with five goals and an assist.

Quick hits: Ursinus-bound Brian Gehrdes, of the Annapolis boys lacrosse team, said the Panthers (9-6, including Friday's 12-11 win at Stephen Decatur in overtime) can go deep in the 3A-2A playoffs under first-year coach Dustin McConnaughhay. "He's a great coach, and things are a little more disciplined and stricter, but we all really like what he's doing," said Gehrdes, who also wrestled and played golf for the Panthers. The Arundel boys and the Chesapeake girls gymnastics teams won county championships last week. Coleman Caldwell led Arundel and Shelby Davis paced Chesapeake, with each winning three first places.

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