In the aftermath of Clayton Kershaw’s mesmerizing no-hitter for the Dodgers, people are scrambling to put the performance in perspective. No matter who you ask, all agree it’s one of the best nine-inning pitching performances of all-time, particularly since it should have been a perfect game, (if not for Hanley Ramirez’s brutal throwing error in the seventh). If you haven’t already, you have to listen to condensed audio of Vin Scully calling each and every out in the game.
Yet, as remarkable as Kershaw’s gem was, it might not even be the most dominant pitching performance he’s authored. That’s because he pitched an overpowering perfect perfect game when he was a senior at Highland Park High in Dallas.
You can see video of Kershaw’s original dominant gem above thanks to MaxPreps, complete with 15 strikeouts of 15 batters in a five-inning mercy rule-shortened contest. He struck out 15 Rockies during his MLB no-hitter, but that took nine innings, not five.
Of course, the level of competition isn’t even comparable, but that just made Kershaw’s prodigious talent all the more eye-opening. The 15-strikeout perfect game was recorded in the UIL playoffs, and also included some highlights from Kershaw at the plate; he added a solo home run for one of the Scots’ 10 runs in the 10-0 whitewash. You can see that at the 2:07 mark in the highlight reel.
So, which performance was more impressive? You tell us. Either way, they both belong in the all-time annals of both MLB and prep baseball.