On Tuesday, April 12, the 7th grade baseball team from Miami Trace defeated Greenfield 6-0 at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, home of the Chillicothe Paints.
Luke Henry pitched a perfect game for the Panthers, facing 21 batters and retiring all 21 in order.
The Panthers led 1-0 going to the fifth inning when they finally broke through for 4 more runs to give them some much needed breathing room.
Offensively for Miami Trace, Josh Gilmore, Luke Zimmerman, Hunter McBee, Ethan Steele, Gage Miller, Dylan Bernard, Jordan Wolfe and James Gilpen all made contributions to the scoring.
The Panthers defense was very strong behind Henry all night. Gage Miller toiled behind the plate for the Panthers.
Also playing important roles in the victory were Colin Farrens, Bo Little and Colson Guthrie.
The win improves the young Panthers to 11-0 on the season.
Coach Steve Armstrong had this to say after the game about the win:
“It was a great experience for our kids to get to play in a professional stadium like this, the Paints organization really treated us with class.
“I think our kids were a little bit intimidated by the surroundings at the beginning of the game as we made some uncharacteristic mistakes,” Armstrong said. “But the kids kept battling and finally got things going late in the game. I cannot say enough about the performance of Luke Henry, he was absolutely dominating. He threw 67 pitches and 50 were strikes. He was locked in tonight.
“This has been a fun team to be involved with,” Armstrong said. “They work hard, they want to get better, they enjoy each other, they are improving each day and most importantly they are all fine young men.”
The Panthers take on Fairfield in a doubleheader in Jeffersonville beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday.