ESPN – Mike Delio’s first varsity start for Carle Place High School on Long Island couldn’t have gone any better. A junior, Delio struck out all 21 batters he faced in pitching a perfect game against Hempstead on Tuesday. “I’ve had dreams of throwing no-hitters and perfect games, but nothing like this,” Delio told Newsday after his team’s 15-0 victory. “This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Delio, who pitched on the junior varsity team the past two seasons, featured a knuckle-curve as part of his repertoire, along with a well-placed fastball that reached the mid-80s. “I just stayed focused,” Delio said. “I wanted to locate my pitches, get my curveball down in the zone and just play baseball.” At the plate, Delio also contributed with three walks and two stolen bases. Carle Place manager Brian Krummenacker didn’t seem surprised by Delio’s performance. “Every time he takes the mound, there is always the chance that he can do something special,” Krummenacker said. “Today was the day.”
I don’t care what this kid goes on to do – he could become the President of the United States or cure cancer – he still peaked as a human being this past Tuesday. A real life Steve Nebraska. 21 up, 21 down, 21 Ks. Twenty one. Doesn’t matter that its high school baseball, thats one of the most impressive accomplishments I’ve ever heard of in sports. Not even Danny Almonte pulled this shit off and he was like 32 years old playing with a bunch of 4th graders.
Just an incredible achievement from a kid who better be a Stoolie. I need to talk with Mike Delio ASAP. Need to know how many high school chicks are just fighting each other to let Mike take their virginity.