Jeremy Garland has pitched a perfect game as the Junior Steelers blitzed Guatemala for an impressive 13-0 win in their first game of the WBSC U18 Men’s Softball World Cup Super Round.
Garland pitched a brilliant 12 from 12 strikeouts, not only was he perfect in the circle, he again blasted the very first pitch he swung at for a solo shot over left-centre field to open the Steelers account.
Steelers strong base running for the tournament continued as they capitalised on defensive errors to score another run as an RBI double from Hayden Shaw pushed Caleb Van De Griendt home for a third scoring play.
The hits kept coming as Kynan Molander belted an RBI triple to the fence pushing a fourth runner across home plate, yet another triple, this time from Josh Routledge, extended the Steelers lead as Garland stepped up for his second at-bat of just the first inning and earned himself a single, pushing Australia’s lead to 7-0.
Garland struck out five consecutive Guatemalan bats through the second and third inning in another impressive display from the circle, he was able to keep them scoreless through three, all nine outs coming off his pitching to keep his perfect record intact for the game.
Yet another single off his bat scored two more runs for Australia preceding more another four runs from his teammates to put the Steelers up 13-0.
The Guatemalans were unable to bridge the gap as Garland completed his perfect game and the run-ahead rule came into play yet again for Australia to hand them their first win of the Super Round.
The Australians will face the only other undefeated team in the tournament when they play Japan Friday afternoon at 5:30pm AEDT.
Catch the livestream on the WBSC YouTube page.