Sophomore Jayme Eilers of Sterling (Ill.) struck out all 15 batters she faced Wednesday for a five-inning perfect game shortened by the 10-run rule.
Sterling beat Dixon, 10-0, in the Class 3A Rock Falls Regional semifinal.
The “perfect” perfect game followed a no-hitter in her last outing.
“It was almost all riseballs; I threw a couple of other ones a few times, but I have a lot of confidence in my riseball, and it was really working today,” Eilers told SaukValley.com after the perfect game. “I was pretty relaxed out there – until the last inning, because I knew what I had going. I knew Mallory [Newman] is a good hitter, and I was a little shaky, but I just threw a little harder and tried to get her to swing.”
Newman forced a 3-1 count — the only batter to reach three balls. According to SaukValley.com, Eilers threw 50 of her 61 pitches for strikes. Dixon only made contact with eight pitches — all foul balls, including a bunt attempt.
The tweet includes the audio of the game announcers calling the strikeouts.