Greiwe Throws Central Methodist's First Perfect Game
By Nicholas Petrone, Central Methodist Sports Information Director
LAMONI, Iowa - Perfection defines itself in many forms. For Central Methodist (Mo.) coach Fred Smith, it means reaching the 100-win milestone in his final season as head coach. For Eagles' pitcher Drew Greiwe, it equates to no runs, hits or errors. Central Methodist coaches and players were treated to both Saturday at Graceland (Iowa) as the Eagles swept a doubleheader at Chase Stadium by scores of 7-0 and 10-7.
Greiwe was electric in his outing, sitting down 21 straight Yellowjackets for the first perfect game in school history. The southpaw stymied Graceland batters with seven innings of high-80s heat along with a nifty breaking ball, striking out nine under the partly cloudy sky.
Shane Lowe broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth when he crossed home on Neal DeMartin's RBI single. The Eagles gained some breathing room in the next at-bat when Kyle Poynter doubled to deep center, plating T.J. Singh and DeMartin.
Central Methodist began to pour it on one inning later with four runs, highlighted by a Singh two-run bomb to dead center, his first for the Green and Black.
Meanwhile on the mound, Greiwe continued to mow down Graceland hitters. A groundout and lineout got the Macon, Mo., native within one out of perfection with Alex Pena coming to the plate. The first pitch of the at-bat was fouled off, while the second was a called strike on the outside corner. After a ball inside, Greiwe struck out Pena swinging, his ninth of the afternoon, and Eagle players and coaches quickly mobbed the senior on the mound.
Greiwe (5-0) also picked up his 12th career win, tying Mark Harvey (1998-2002) and Brian O'Bannon (1993-95) for ninth all-time in school history.
DeMartin and Daniel Peters each had two hits in game one.
In game two, the Eagles jumped all over the Yellowjackets, leading 10-1 through five innings. The first four RBI of the game came for Central Methodist came off the bat of Jesse Zellner, who hit a two-run homerun to start the fireworks in the top of the first before adding a two-run double in the third. The blast was his fourth of the campaign.
DeMartin tripled in the fourth and scored on a Poynter groundout, and the Green and Black would add another run to make the score 6-1.
Lowe went the opposite way to right for a solo shot as part of a four-run fifth inning. Lowe's third roundtrip of the season was followed by Mike Allen's two-run double. Dustin Ray's RBI single in the next at-bat plated Allen, making the difference nine runs.
The Yellowjackets cut into the deficit with five runs in the bottom of the seventh, three coming off the bat of Euddi Ortega on a homerun to right center. However, Eagle pitcher Rhett Quinlan settled into a rhythm after the first and retired the last out before any more damage could be done.
Smith earned his 100th career win, all with Central Methodist, after the second game.
Lowe, Zellner, DeMartin and Allen each had two hits in game two. Zellner led all Eagle players with four RBI.
Ortega had four RBI to pace Graceland.
Quinlan (3-2) went the distance for the win, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits to go along with seven strikeouts.
Graceland again hosts Central Methodist for the second pair of the homestand series on Sunday. Game one of the doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.
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