66-Pitch Perfect Game: High School Player Pitches An Amazing Game

    May 21, 2013
    Shaylin Clark
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While a perfect game in the majors is pretty much always newsworthy, it’s rare that a non-professional player gets much attention for it. Sometimes, though, a pitcher manages to accomplish this rare feat in a way that makes the larger sports world sit up and take notice.

That’s just what happened when Michael Strem, senior at St. Francis School in Mountain View, California, threw the first perfect game in his school’s history. Throwing a perfect game – especially the first in your team’s history – is impressive enough. What’s really remarkable is that Strem did it with a mere 66 pitches. In seven innings of baseball, Strem faced 21 batters, which means that each batter saw, on average, just slightly more than three pitches. That makes it one of the most efficient perfect games you could ever hope to see.

Even more impressive, 48 of Strem’s 66 pitches were thrown for strikes, and only 18 were balls. He also recorded 8 strikeouts.

Strem’s gem turned out to be a major boon to his team, whose offense was a little slow. The game was tied 0-0 until the 6th inning, when St. Francis scored two runs on an infield single by Mark Cardinalli.

Thanks to Strem’s amazing pitching (and Cardinalli’s two-run single) St. Francis improved their record to 26-4 and advanced to the semifinal round of the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs.

  • Lee

    Did they only play seven innings for the game?

    • Dan

      They only play 7 in high school ball.

  • Raul

    My friend pitched a seven inning game in which he struck out all 21 batters. No joke.

    • Troolllllllll

      Was he playing against 5 year olds?

  • Derek

    Not quite as impressive as Clayton Kershaw throwing a perfect game in a state HS playoff game, striking out all 21 batters.

    • Doug

      Actually Derek it might be even more impressive. Pitchers like Kershaw were phenoms in high school. They overmatched the majority of their opponents. Many have multiple no-hitters and a perfect game or two. But 66 pitches…an average of just 3.1 pitches per batter…is pretty remarkable and one Kershaw probably couldn’t match because it takes 3 pitches to strike out a hitter. Throwing strikes and getting outs is what it’s about. This kid did it in amazing fashion.

  • Joe Blow

    He’s no Koufax. He had one good game.

  • joe parobechek

    Congratulations Michael. See you in the pro’s.

  • Buddy

    Let’s give his defense a thmbs up. This awesome performance was backed up by a very potent defense.