Beyond the Box Scores

The "Perfect" Game

By: Derek Forrest
By: Derek Forrest

There are very few athletes that can say they were perfect. Perfect is actually nearly impossible to come by. In Major League Baseball there have only been 18 perfect games ever thrown and to the true definition of perfect, even they had their faults.

There are very few athletes that can say they were perfect. Perfect is actually nearly impossible to come by. In Major League Baseball there have only been 18 perfect games ever thrown and to the true definition of perfect, even they had their faults.

In the NFL, only one team has ever gone undefeated, but again, they were not "perfect".

But there is a sport where there have been athletes who were to the complete definition, perfect. That sport is horse racing. There have been 11 perfect horses. 11 horses in the history of the sports have won Triple Crowns, which in their sport is considered perfect.

Ironic enough that I speak of horse racing, because another athlete who has now experienced the feeling of perfection is a horse racing enthusiast. North Laurel softball pitcher and reigning Gatorade Player of the Year in Kentucky, Megan Taylor, not only has a love for horses, but also for the game of softball. And on Tuesday she was absolutely perfect on the mound. Not only did the Lady Jaguars defeat the Southwestern Lady Warriors 13-0 in five innings, but Taylor threw a perfect game. 

But lets break down what a perfect game is. In this case, 5 innings means that Megan faced and turned away 15 batters in the game without any walks or any errors allowing a runner on base. That is what she did.

But what really makes this performance absolutely perfect is the fact that she struck out all 15 batters that she faced. Now, for a pitcher, that is perfection.

Megan didn't have the easiest task when she became the new ace of the North Laurel Lady Jaguars after Abby Sears left, but with almost two seasons on the mound now for the Lady Jags, Megan has made her own name for herself.

Currently, Megan has helped lead the Lady Jags to a 20-9 record and are currently ranked 6th in the state of Kentucky.

- Rock

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