Sr. Bantam Zack Downey Throws Perfect Game!

Sunday June 5th 2011 will be a date that goes down in Victoria Eagles history as Senior Bantam Eagle Zack Downey threw a perfect game to lead Victoria to an 11-0 win against the Kamloops Riverdogs.

Downey was originally scheduled to pitch in relief the previous day but when starting pitcher Nick Dawson had his best outing of the season, there was no need to enter Downey into the game.  Downey has worked hard in training sessions all season fine tuning his mechanics but with an incredibly deep Eagles pitching staff, he hasn't had a chance to get into a game on the mound yet this season.

Coach Ron Holmes told him before the game to stay calm, focus on throwing strikes, and not to worry about plays made or not made behind him as he has no control in those situations. The coaching staff hoped to get three strong innings out of Downey and were keeping him on a low pitch count to ease him onto the mound. Throwing only 50 pitches with over 80 % strikes, pitch count became a low priority and getting him runs to work with and playing solid defense turned into the team's focus.

Downey finished up the game striking out 6 Kamloops batters and only allowing two balls to leave the infield, both fly balls to the right fielder in the first inning. He was given plenty of run support to work with, having every player in the line up but two, scoring at least once in the game.

Offense was highlighted by a first inning home run by Colton Wood and a bases loaded three RBI double by third baseman Dakota St. Laurent.

The Eagles organization and the bantam coaching staff would like to congratulate Zack on this monumental achievement, and thank every player on the roster for their contributions in this game. This accomplishment could not have been possible without the efforts of right fielder Colton Wood who made a terrific running catch in the first inning, third baseman Dakota St. Laurent and second baseman Nick Dawson who both made the majority of defensive plays in this ball game, and of coarse catcher Matt Wellington who called the pitches behind the plate.

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