|Durant senior Brien Johnston (pictured here in a Saladino Tournament appearance) tossed a five-inning,
perfect game with 10 strikeouts in a 11-0 win against Chamberlain. (Photo taken by Hannah Gottman)
Durant pitcher Brien Johnston was scheduled to pitch just
three innings in the Cougars’ senior night, before another veteran took to the
mound in front of the home crowd in what turned out to be an 11-0, five-inning
win against Chamberlain.
to start here at Durant,” Johnston said. “There were some nerves going into it,
but I got into a groove quicker than usual and I found my arm slot really
one more inning and Durant coach Butch Valdes agreed.
said. “I knew what was going on so I begged him to let me go one more.”
the mound, but the plan became fluid as Johnston kept cruising.
it down and said, ‘hey we’ll give you one more.’”
looked to junior Wyatt Hickey, who told his coach that there was no way he was
taking the mound for the fifth.
fourth inning (Johnston) was still holding on to it,” Valdes said. “We turned
to Wyatt, and he goes, ‘I don’t want to take it from him. He needs to do
off as Johnston worked a 1-2-3 final inning to seal a five-inning perfect game
win, and got some good plays behind him in the outfield, namely two great
catches from fellow seniors Steven Witchoskey and Jonah Scolaro.“I’m as happy as can be for him, he’s a great kid, a great
student,” Valdes said. “Jonah made a great diving play in center and Steven had
a catch on the run, other than that Brien was spot on.”
Photo of Durant’s seniors. Brien Johnston wearing No. 30 (2nd from right). Johnston tossed a perfect 5inn tonight (photo @DonnyBaseball2) pic.twitter.com/MK1MNlguo2
— Jarrett Guthrie (@JGuthrieTampa) April 26, 2017