Indian junior left-hander Josh Slate pitched a perfect game Friday night as Stephens County blanked Chestatee 11-0 in five innings at the Reservation in Region 8-AAAA baseball play.
Left fielder Austin Lord saved the no-hitter with a spectacular catch in left field in the top of the fifth off of the bat of catcher Jordan Browning. Then, Kason Sheriff threw out Griffin Moore on a close play for the second out and Slate covered first base on a ground ball hit to Ryan Cleveland to record the third out in the top of the fifth.
After scoring an unearned run in the first and five runs in the fourth, the Indian offense scored five runs in the fifth inning, including Ryan Cleveland’s ninth home run of the season, to put the game away.
Cleveland had three RBIs for the Indians. Logan Bell also had three RBIs for Stephens County, while Max Thomas and Mason Long each drove in a couple of runs.
Slate struck out six of the 15 War Eagle batters he faced in his perfect game.
Meanwhile, Chestatee sophomore Drew Hopkins picked up the loss, watching his infield commit five errors in what was his first varsity start.
The Indians are now 13-3 overall with the win and 8-1 in Region 8-AAAA. Chestatee drops to 3-14 overall and 1-6 in region play with the loss.
Stephens County travels to Chestatee today for the second game of their region series. First pitch today is 5:55 p.m. with airtime set for 5:45 p.m. today on AM 630 WNEG and wnegradio.com.