4/4/2013 12:05:00 PM A perfect opening day for Valley hurler
Valley Catholic photo by Linda Meagher
Catcher Liam Meagher, Head Coach Pat Thomas and Pitcher Carter Buuck celebrate Buuck’s perfect game.
BEAVERTON — Junior Carter Buuck threw the first perfect game in Valley Catholic High School history in the Valiants' first game of the season, a 10-0 win over Scappoose on March 13.
Buuck struck out 10 and threw only 77 pitches, allowing only one ball out of the infield — a fly-out to left in the 1st inning.
It was a day of firsts.
In his first game as shortstop, Liam Cassidy made a tough play to end the 6th inning, ranging far to his left and firing to first to preserve the perfect game.
In his first game as a high-school catcher, Liam Meagher was 2-3 with 2 RBI, and Cassidy added a double off the top of the fence. Buuck was also 1-2 at the plate and drove in 3 runs.
Buuck credited Meagher for keeping him calm. "There were a couple times I was starting to get a little nervous,” Buuck said. “My catcher Liam Meagher calmed me down when I was stressing out, so I owe a lot to him.”
Joel Sobotka, Valley Catholic athletic director, said he is proud of and happy for Carter. "To overcome the knee injury he suffered before his sophomore year and come back this season to be such a tremendous leader for our football and basketball teams and now to make history in baseball, is a credit to his character and work ethic," Sobotka said.
Major League Baseball has recorded only 23 perfect games. A perfect game is more than a no-hitter or a shutout. It is a game in which no opposing player reaches base. Baseball veterans note that a perfect game not only requires perfect pitching; it requires outstanding fielding.
Buuck describes his perfect game experience at www.youtube.com/valleycatholicschool.