A Perfect Game!
It’s the most special of all the individual accomplishments by a pitcher, yet when the Bedford Hurricanes had one in Wednesday night’s win over Somerset, it was even rarer.
The Hurricanes used two pitchers to get the 15 outs, including 13 by strikeout, in a 13-0 win in five innings against Businessmen in a CCAL matchup.
Nate Whysong did the brunt of the work, going four innings and striking out 11 of the 12 batters that he faced. The only non-strikeout was a weak grounder to short that Andy Lazor gobbled up and easily threw to first for the out.
Aiden Kirk came on in the top of the fifth to finish the game, and the lefty had two strikeouts with a pop-up to first for the other out.
“Nate did a fantastic job out there,” said Bedford coach Jordan Mills. “He lived around the zone. He kept the batters off balance and kept them guessing.
“Aiden came on a did a great job as well. He pounded the strike zone.”
The pitching performance overshadowed a solid offensive performance by the Hurricanes, who had 17 hits and 13 runs on the night including two home runs.
The home team scored four runs in the first, did not score but left the bases loaded in the second, brought home nine runs in the third, and added one more in the fourth.
In the first with one out, Trevor Weyandt doubled before Andy Lazor was hit by a pitch. Both runners moved up on a passed ball before a walk to Jared Dowey. Weyandt scored on a wild pitch and the others moved up a base.
Karson Reffner hit a grounder to short, who bobbled the ball. The throw to first hit Reffner allowing by Lazor and Dowey to score. Two batters later, Trenten Mellott hit a triple over the centerfielder’s head to score another run for a 4-0 lead.
Bedford loaded the bases in the second with two outs. Weyandt and Lazor singled, and Dowey was hit by a pitch, but a grounder to short ended the inning.
The Hurricanes stormed through the third to put the game away, collecting eight hits in a row with two outs. Iseminger led off the inning with a single, but he was erased on a fielder’s choice hit by Mellott. Dalton Shaw lined a hit to third, but the Somerset third baseman jumped and didn’t maintain control of the ball, dropping the ball for a single.
After the second out of the inning, Matt Whysong beat out an infield single to load the bases. This time, they didn’t leave them that way.
Weyandt lined a two-run single to right center pushing Whysong to third. After a wild pitch brought home Whysong, Lazor unloaded with a towering home run just inside the fair pole down the left field line for a 9-0 lead.
The Hurricanes were not done. Dowey singled up the middle, while Reffner went the opposite way for a single getting Dowey to third. The throw went out of play, allowing Dowey to score and putting Reffner on second.
Iseminger, Mellott, and Shaw followed with three straight singles to plate two more runs for the 12-0 lead.
Weyandt capped a strong offensive day by hitting a solo home run to left-center field to put the advantage to 13-0 lead, which stood for the remainder of the game.
Weyandt was four for four with three runs scored and three RBIs.
“Trevor did a nice job of making some adjustments,” Mills said. “Going four for four says a lot about he adjust to make himself better.”
GAME NOTES: Bedford scored nine runs with two outs in the game, while the other four were scored with one out. … Bedford was seven for 12 with runners in scoring position. … The Hurricanes had a strong night at the plate with 10 batters collecting at least one hit, eight scoring at least one run, and five collecting RBIs. … Iseminger had three hits, while Lazor and Shaw had two each. … Weyandt was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle in the game. … After Nate Whysong struck out the first five batters he faced, he allowed a ground ball out. He struck out the side in the third and fourth innings. … The Hurricanes left four more runners in scoring position in the game. … Bedford improves to 2-0 on the young season. Somerset drops to 1-1.
BEDFORD 13, SOMERSET 0, 5 innings
Somerset AB R H RBI
Reese Kennell, ss 2 0 0 0
Tucker Patrick, 3b 2 0 0 0
Shane Roberts, p-rf 2 0 0 0
Brody Clouse, rf-c 2 0 0 0
Ryan Wilmotte, 1b 2 0 0 0
Owen Miller, c 1 0 0 0
Ryan Smith, p 0 0 0 0
Simon McGuire, ph 1 0 0 0
R.J. James, cf 1 0 0 0
Hunter Krotzer, lf 1 0 0 0
Caleb Leonard, 2b 1 0 0 0
Totals 15 0 0 0
Bedford AB R H RBI
Matt Whysong, cf 4 1 1 0
Trevor Weyandt, 2b-lf 4 3 4 3
Andy Lazor, ss 3 2 2 2
Jared Dowey, lf 1 2 1 0
Jesse Chamberlain, 2b 1 0 1 0
Karson Reffner, c 4 2 1 0
Calvin Iseminger, 1b 3 1 3 0
Trenten Mellott, 3b 2 1 1 1
Joey Huxta, c 1 0 1 1
Dalton Shaw, dh 3 1 2 1
Nate Whysong, p 0 0 0 0
Aiden Kirk, p 0 0 0 0
Joey Koontz, rf 3 0 0 0
Totals 29 13 17 9
Somerset 000 00 — 0
Bedford 409 0x — 13
E – Somerset, 3. LOB – Bedford, 7. 2B – Weyandt. 3B – Mellott. HR – Lazor, Weyandt.
Somerset IP H R ER BB K
Roberts, L 3 15 12 10 1 1
Smith 1 2 1 1 0 0
Bedford IP H R ER BB K
N. Whysong, W 4 0 0 0 0 11
Kirk 1 0 0 0 0 2
HBP – Lazor (by Roberts). WP – Somerset, 4. PB – Somerset, 2