COSTA MESA — Cole Norris arrived at TeWinkle Middle School and went through his routine. Nothing out of the ordinary before a baseball game, stretch and warm up.
The pre-game plan changed with news of a shoulder problem.
Norris heard the starting pitcher for his Costa Mesa National Little League All-Star Majors Division team was not throwing Thursday. He knew the next kid in line to start in the Mayor's Cup against Costa Mesa American Little League, but he still asked the coach.
"I asked coach if I was starting," said Norris, who quickly found out from Manager Mike McClanahan that he was going with the player who just asked.
No one questioned the decision. Norris did not have time, with the first pitch a half hour away.
Norris just took the ball and turned in the best game of his 12-year-old life on the mound.
The right-hander pitched a perfect game.