Submitted by Darren Hamrey
Baseball is a game of statistics. Most diehard baseball fans can spit off statistics from their favorite teams and players, to the all-time greats. One statistic you will not hear baseball fans talk much about is one that is so rare that it almost never comes up in baseball conversation, the perfect game. In over 140 years of Major League Baseball and over 200,000 games, there have only been 23 pitchers to accomplish such a great feat.
You can only imagine that to pull off a Perfect Game at the 1A high school level is even more difficult to accomplish. A pitcher has to throw the entire game without allowing a hit, walking a batter, or hitting a batter. In addition, the defense has to make every defensive play. That’s exactly what Treven Wachsmuth and his defense did on Saturday.
Following a 16-12 come from behind win in game one, Wachsmuth took the mound for the Serpents in game two. Wachmuth struck out the first batter, followed by two strong defensive plays by Mineral County’s infield to retire the next two batters, one, a hot shot snagged by third baseman Ethan Nelms over to Seth Bozzi to end the inning in what was, at the time, just a good first inning. From that moment on it was the Wachsmuth show. Treven, and catcher Phillip Dees, sat down the next twelve straight batters, taking only two batters to a full count.
Prior to the outstanding pitching performance of game two, the Serpents battled for the win in game one. Julio Alvarez, Glenn Reeves, and Ethan Nelms tag-teamed the Coleville Wolves from the hill, striking out 11 and allowing eight earned runs. The Serpent lineup was cold all day, struggling for hits and leaving bases occupied throughout the day. The Serps were down 10-5 in the 4th inning, eventually taking a one run lead in the 6th, only to lose that lead in the next half inning. The 7th inning proved to be the Serpents’ however, as they climbed out of the deficit with five runs to take away the win.
Freshman Ryan Jaramillo scattered four hits, while Nelms and Wachsmuth had two each. Bodie Oberhansli drove in four runs for the Serpents. Wachsmuth tallied two hits in game two as well, but it was the Serpents’ bench that made the difference in game two on the offensive side of the ball. Sophomore Preston Jaramillo entered the game to lead off the 4th inning. Preston blasted a double to the gap to start a five run inning for the Serpents. That was all they needed to clinch a clean sweep and take their season record to 4-3. The Serpents travel to Reno on Friday to face the Hug Hawks.