No no for Norris, perfect

Right-hander strikes out 16 of 18 batters in six innings to lead Costa Mesa National to win in Game 1 of Mayor's Cup.

July 09, 2010|David Carrillo PeƱaloza,
(Kent Treptow / Daily…)

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.


Norris struck out 16 of the 18 batters he faced in six innings, as Costa Mesa National won, 4-0, and took Game 1 of the Mayor's Cup. Costa Mesa American Manager Jack Morales is just glad Norris will not be available to throw again in the rest of the best two-out-of-three series after his pitch count hit 75.

"He's a tough pitcher to begin with," Morales said, "but he was flawless."

Norris said he felt his stuff was good while warming up with catcher Brad Ehrhorn. When Norris mowed down two of the first three batters he saw in the top of the first inning, he realized he was unhittable.

Norris threw hard, and with his off-speed pitches, no one hit the ball out of the infield.

Only one batter put the ball in play in the first four innings against Norris. He struck out the side in order in the second, third and fourth innings.

In the fifth inning, Evan Larsen became the second Costa Mesa American player to make contact, hitting a grounder to second base. Josh Spicer easily fielded the ball. He lobbed it to first base, where Elijah Reiland stretched out to catch the third out.

Heading into the bottom half of the fifth, the game was still scoreless. Costa Mesa American left-handed starter Daniel Morales kept the opposition off balance through four innings.

Morales seemed to be in trouble in every inning. He got out of jams in the first, second and fourth, stranding two runners each time. McClanahan began to worry.

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