Perfect seasons are fairly uncommon in high school baseball. Even more rare is a perfect career. Righthander Austin Chrismon was on his way to one until he encountered Newport News, Va.'s Woodside High. The senior at Menchville High, also of Newport News, was 18-0, 1.05 as a varsity starter coming into the season.
Chrismon, who is committed to East Carolina, won his first three 2010 decisions and also made some appearances out of the bullpen. Going into Friday his ERA was under 1.00. Against Woodside, everything seemed to be normal as Menchville was up 4-1 by the time Chrismon went through the order once. But the Wolverines strung together some extra base hits the second time through, went up 6-4 and knocked Chrismon out of the game.
"You have to know Austin," Menchville head coach Phil Forbes said. "He's a very easy going, tempered young man. He takes command on the mound and keeps the same look all the time. He know it's part of the game. He took it very well."
The final score was 13-5, but Menchville didn't think twice. The next day the Monarchs had to face Hampton, Va.'s Kecoughtan High, which was throwing top 2011 lefthander/outfielder Jake Cave. Menchville had their own 2011 prospect, righthander Deshorn Lake, going as well. Menchville prevailed 3-1 in nine innings behind a great effort from Lake. He went seven innings, allowing just two hits and one run run while striking out 10.
Lake is 5-0, 1.56 with one save in 27 innings. He's struck out 45 and walked 18. Chrismon is now 3-1, 2.45 with 51 strikeouts and 11 walks in 34 innings.
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