The La Porte Baseball team felt that Penn, last year’s state champions and currently the #1 rated team in Indiana, was great. Tuesday night, they found out the Kingsmen were perfect. Adam Lehman for 5 innings and Dawson French, the final 2 frames, hurled a perfect game, retiring 21 straight Slicers in Penn’s 1-0 season opening winning over the Slicers.
Senior RJ Anglin, who went the distance for the Slicers, wasn’t perfect, but pitched magnificently. He allowed just 1 run and 2 hits in the loss. The two hits accounted for the only two baserunners in the entire game.
Anglin retired the first nine Kingsmen he faced through three innings. The only offense in the game came in the bottom of the 4th inning. Penn leadoff man Cooper Humes hit a ground ball double down the first base line. Cam Dombrowski failed on two attempts to bunt Humes to third before hitting a chopper to Slicer second baseman Kade Flores. La Porte got the out but Humes advanced to third. Anglin came up with a huge strikeout of the number three hitter Adam Lehman for the second out. Catcher Zach Peletier hit a hard grounder just out of the reach of shortstop Kai Jones to drive in the game’s only run.
Aside from lack of hitting, this was as well played a high school game that you will ever see. No errors were committed by either team and there were no walks or hit batsmen. The game was played in an unheard of one hour and seven minutes.
Anglin struck out seven in his 6 innings of work. Lehman fanned nine over five innings with French adding three more Ks in two innings of work. The closest LP came to a baserunner was a hard one hopper back to the mound by Flores that was caught in self defense by Lehman and borderline strikeout call on a full count to Ben Dubbs. Junior center fielder Ryan Bruemmer made the defensive play of the game, making a running over the head catch at the warning track in the second inning. Anglin was named the Salisbury and Spence Edward Jones Player of the Game.
La Porte is scheduled to host Hammond Morton at Schreiber Field this after at 4:30.