Dalton Grisell was a picture of perfection on the mound Tuesday afternoon for the Douglas High School baseball team.
The senior left-hander pitched a five-inning perfect game as Douglas (8-1 overall, 4-0 league) rolled past Hug, 17-0, to complete a sweep of its Northern Division I regular season series.
The perfect game was the first in recent memory for Douglas varsity baseball. The achievement is noteworthy for a program that produced two graduates — Tommy Newell (1981) and Shawn Estes (1991) — who went on to pitch in the Majors.
“We go back about 20 years on the (coaching) staff and we’ve had no-hitters, but we don’t recall an actual perfect game,” said coach Bruce Jacobsen, himself a 1999 Douglas graduate who played at Washington State University. “It doesn’t matter who you’re playing, a lot of things have to go right to pitch a perfect game.”
Grisell retired 15 straight Hawks, five on strikeouts, and the defense made all the plays behind him.
“Dalton did what he had to,” Jacobsen said, “And we made all the routine plays, and a couple of good plays, too.”
The defensive highlight came when right fielder Cole Peck made a diving catch of a low line drive to end the second inning.
The Tigers scored in every inning, starting with three runs in the first and five runs in the second. The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercey rule.
Dillon Lopez led the team’s 14-hit attack, as the senior shortstop went 4-for-4 with three doubles and five RBI. Cale Kynett also turned in a big performance as he went 3-for-5 with four RBI.
Though winless to date in league play, the Hawks (1-5-1 overall, 0-4 league) are not a team to overlook, Jacobsen acknowledged.
“Hug puts the best team they can out there,” he said. “There are no teams in this league you can overlook in this league.
“So far, so good,” he added, referring to the Tigers’ 4-0 start on their league schedule. “It’s no secret the second half of our season is more difficult than the first half, but no one game is more important than another.”
The Tigers host Wooster in an 11 a.m. league contest Saturday at Tiger Field. Wooster won a 17-13 slugfest Tuesday at Carson.