Guthrie runs record to 4-1 with perfect win
Crossville, TN — Rhea County Baseball Player Ricky Guthrie tossed his first ever perfect game on Monday night on the road at Stone Memorial High School. Ricky threw only 78 pitches, struck out 11 batters and finished strong with seven strike outs in his last three innings.
The Eagles got all the runs they would need in the first inning as Reece Cooley and Matt Levi led off the game with singles and scored thanks to wild pitch and sacrifice fly by Dusty Smith. That was the end of the scoring for the game. Eagles collected six hits, one walk and one pass via hits batsman in the game and swiped two bases. Eagles also played great defense behind Ricky. Getting singles in the game were Reece Cooley, Matt Levi, Dusty Smith, Blaine Reel, John Combs and Jas Reel.
The win gave Ricky four wins on the year to go with one loss. Ricky began the season with big win in Pigeon Forge in season opening tournament as he gave up one run in 5-3 win. Ricky then came home and won with a 2-0 shutout on home opening night. He and Baylor Dulaney then combined for a 2-1 win over Bradley County, and Ricky gave up one run in that game. After a bump in the road in a home game against Cookeville in which Ricky gave up a grand slam, he bounced back in a big way with the perfect game.
Coach Rusty Ray said, “I have never been part of a perfect game.”
Ricky said, “I really could not find my curve ball except a couple in the last inning.”
“Coming into my sophomore year, I wanted to do better and show the team what I could do. I knew I needed to step up, be a man and do it.”