Moffat County High School's Ben Williams leads off of first base Saturday against visiting Battle Mountain. Williams pitched a perfect game - facing the minimum 15 batters - in a mercy-rule-shortened 16-0 home-opening victory for the Bulldogs.

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Moffat County High School's Ben Williams leads off of first base Saturday against visiting Battle Mountain. Williams pitched a perfect game - facing the minimum 15 batters - in a mercy-rule-shortened 16-0 home-opening victory for the Bulldogs.

Ben Williams tosses perfect game in MCHS home opener

— Not in his 25 years as coach has he seen a perfect game.

A few pitchers have come close before, but Moffat County High School baseball coach Tim Hafey has never seen it.

Assistant coach Ryan Prentiss hasn't either.

The two coaches - and MCHS baseball fans present Saturday - witnessed just that in the Bulldogs' home-opening doubleheader against visiting Battle Mountain.

Freshman Ben Williams, of Hayden, pitched a perfect game for the Bulldogs baseball team in the opener, a 16-0 Moffat County victory.

The game went five innings - there is a 10-run mercy rule in high school baseball - and Ben Williams faced the minimum 15 batters, striking out six.

"I was just thinking about trying to get ground balls," Williams said. "I just wanted to let my defense behind me take care of business. My curveball was biting really good, and the strikeouts just came."

Ben threw 46 total pitches, five in the first inning, and six in the second.

"We started talking about it in the third" inning, Hafey said. "We were joking about him throwing 15 pitches in the third after he had thrown 11 in the first two. He was throwing really well, and we could all tell something was going to happen. It is a huge accomplishment for Ben."

Williams said he's never come close to a no-hitter, let alone a perfect game.

"I can't even remember ever even coming close," Williams said. "I got ahead of them early in the count, and it worked."

So what did he do with the game ball?

"I gave it to my dad for safe keeping," he said. "It'll probably never happen again, so I'm keeping it."

Williams' brother, senior Jordan Williams, also of Hayden, corralled the family momentum, going 4-for-4 at the plate, hitting two three-run homeruns, while swiping three bases and knocking in seven RBIs in the Bulldogs' (12-4 overall, 9-3 Western Slope League) 19-2 Game 2 trouncing of the Huskies (0-16 overall, 0-14 WSL).

"I saw a lot of fastballs," Jordan Williams said. "I love hitting in our home field. It would be great if we could play here more."

Dylon Camilletti was the recipient of the MCHS offensive attack in Game 2, picking up the win, pitching five innings while giving up two runs.

"We have a really young team that got beat up today," Battle Mountain coach Jason Spanuagel said. "We are staying positive, looking for the little things inside of each game. We are taking the little victories out of games like this."

Bulldogs senior Chris Winder went 8-for-9 in the two-game set, scoring eight runs and swiping three bases.

Eric Leonard connected for a 3-run homer in Game 1, and Jordan Williams hit a 2-run shot off the MCHS scoreboard, giving the senior three home runs and nine RBIs in the doubleheader.

"It wasn't really a test for us," Hafey said of the two-game set against the Huskies. "We got to hit and run around some, but we are still in practice mode. It could have been nicer weather-wise, but for a home opener, it was a great day.

"Especially for Ben."

Moffat County hosts Vernal today, then plays its season-finale Tuesday in a home doubleheader against visiting Steamboat Springs.

Comments

Humma_Kavula 5 years, 11 months ago

Congratulations, Ben. You have just pitched a perfect strike to the Hayden High School Baseball program.

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lgmillernl 5 years, 11 months ago

So is this meant to be a slam??! If it is congratulations for picking on a kid!! Way to go....you got to be proud! Anyway Ben good job!! Keep it up!!

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