Virginia girl pitches perfect baseball game against boys

Meggie Meidlinger has played baseball against boys most of her life. Last week, she showed why, pitching a perfect game.

The senior right-hander led Dominion High (Sterling, Va.) to a 10-0 victory against Briar Woods (Ashburn) in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule.

"I was pretty excited," says the 6-foot Meidlinger, who also plays center for the Dominion girls basketball team. "It was pretty neat."

She has been playing baseball with boys since age 5, so Meidlinger, who had five strikeouts in her gem, says she wasn't intimidated when joining the Dominion varsity three years ago. Pitching mostly in relief, she is 2-4 in her career.

Meidlinger is believed to be the first female to win a baseball game in Virginia High School League history, in 2004. And the perfect game may rate on a national level, too.

"I've been working with the record book for 14 years, and I can't recall this ever happening," says John Gillis, spokesman with the National High School Federation.

"Hopefully others can be encouraged by it," Meidlinger says.
Source: Bobak Esfarjani, USA TODAY

Meidlinger Throws A Perfect Game

Dominion senior Meggie Meidlinger, who two years ago became the first female pitcher in Virginia to record a victory in a baseball game, pitched a perfect game yesterday as the host Titans blanked Briar Woods , 10-0. The game was shortened to five innings because of the 10-run rule.

With a fastball in the 70-mph range that she mixed with a curveball and change-up, Meidlinger (1-0) struck out five as Dominion improved to 4-1.

"I just went out and threw the ball over the plate and my defense didn't make any errors," said Meidlinger, a right-hander in her third season on the Titans varsity. "I was trying to hit whatever my catcher set up for me. Just trying to hit him in the glove."

Briar Woods (0-3), which opened in September, does not have a senior class and fields mostly freshmen and sophomores on the team.

"This was the best I've seen her pitch in three years," said Dominion Coach Jay Raines. "It was a phenomenal effort."

Titans third baseman Jordan Taylor went 3 for 3 with a double, a home run and four RBI and made a fine defensive play in the fourth inning, ranging to his left to reach a ground ball in the hole and preserve the perfect game.

Mount Hebron senior David Breidenstine's eighth-inning single scored Alex Iwaskiw with the game's lone run as the defending Howard County champion Vikings beat Catonsville , 1-0, in a nonleague baseball game in Ellicott City.

In the season opener for both teams, Mount Hebron senior right-hander Jeff Walker outdueled University of Virginia-bound lefty Neil Davis of Catonsville. Walker worked seven innings, allowing only three hits and striking out five. Senior Andrew Choi worked a perfect eighth and earned the win in relief. . . . North County right-hander Heather Karasek struck out 13 Dulaney hitters and walked only one to lead the visiting Knights to a 2-1 softball victory in eight innings. Karasek, a junior, also hit a home run and an RBI triple. . . .

Senior midfielder Brian Jackson scored four goals, including the game-winner 42 seconds into overtime, as Bullis beat Sidwell Friends , 7-6, in a nonleague boys' lacrosse game in Northwest.
Source: ByDave Yanovitz,

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