Jonah B.'s Perfect Game

Ken Kurson
By Ken Kurson
More than 210,000 major league baseball games have been played. There have been only 23 perfect games. 
 
On April 17, 2019, Jonah B. threw a perfect game for the GOA Roadrunners, defeating a very able Technology High squad 5-0 at Vailsburg Park in Newark. The game featured sterling defense throughout, and just enough timely hitting so that the contest never really felt close. But above all was the lights-out right arm of 11th-grade hurler Jonah B., whose 12 Ks accounted for more than half the total outs. Mixing in offspeed stuff with some genuine smoke on what appeared to be a low 70s heater, at least one Tech batter actually had his knees buckle when the knuckle curve floated over the plate.
 
Battery mate Ari B. (Jonah's brother) caught the entire game and kept the perfecto intact with at least three nifty throws to gun down runners who might have made it to first on a dropped third strike. Final putout by Michael L., a perfect game-saving 1-4-3 by Steven K., some plus plays at short by Josh B., a terrific catch in center by Logan B., strong stick by Yonni, and some dandy scoops by Ben H..
 
Enjoy this short film commemorating the last strike of the game.
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