Virginia girl pitches perfect baseball game
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
"Hopefully others can be encouraged by it,"
Source: Bobak Esfarjani, USA
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
"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
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
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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