Matt Tabor Throws Perfect Game Against Lawrence
by Julia Lebovitz on Friday, May 13th, 2016
The Boys’ Varsity Baseball team has had a very exciting season filled with many close games. After losing tough matchups against Brooks and Belmont Hill at the beginning of the season, the team has staged a remarkable turnaround. According to Sam Hitt (I), “this season has been filled with the most exhilarating games as [we] have not lost a game by more than two runs.” In the past few weeks, they beat Thayer, Lawrence, and Roxbury Latin — all teams near the top of the ISL standings. In their walk off win against Thayer, Mitch Donovan (I), Peter Mansfield (I), Isaac Fossas (II), and Liam Kennedy (III) “all came through in clutch situations in the bottom of the seventh to get the win” according to Matt Tabor (II). Matt went on to attribute their recent wins to the close-knit bond that the team has formed this year.
However, the most exciting accomplishment of the season occurred two weeks ago against Lawrence Academy. On April 30th, Matt Tabor pitched a perfect game, one of the most challenging and impressive achievements in sports. A perfect game is defined as a game in which no runner reaches first base. According to Sam Murray (II), “pitching a perfect game is a once in a lifetime experience.” In fact, Matt is the first pitcher Mr. Petherick has coached to throw a perfect game.
Matt said that he did not have unusually high expectations going into the game since Lawrence was previously undefeated. Instead, he “was focused on being the best [he] could be and going out to get a ‘W’.” Matt explained that it was not until the fourth inning when he realized the possibility of pitching a perfect game. However, Matt stayed focused on winning the game, rather than fixating on throwing a perfect game. He went on to comment that “it was honestly such a surreal experience, and I could have never done it without the support and play of the guys behind me. Isaac Fossas and Gavin Baker Greene made huge plays that saved the perfect game.” The game against Lawrence will definitely be remembered as a career highlight for not only Matt, but also the entire baseball team.
However, Matt’s pitching expertise hasn’t been limited to the Lawrence game two Saturday’s ago. Sam Hitt said that he has had “many great outings this year and has been vital to the team’s winning record.” Sam also described Matt as one of the best pitchers in the ISL. Matt’s ability to throw 85 miles per hour pitches has helped the team in countless ways so far this season. Matt is committed to play Division 1 baseball at Elon.
According to Matt, the rest of the baseball team’s season looks very promising. Although they lost to Governor’s Academy in a hotly contested 2-1 game this past weekend, they are hopeful to produce a better result against BBN, Nobles, and St. Marks in the next few weeks. Matt believes that they “should come out on top if [they] keep it up.” Congratulations Matt, and good luck for the rest of the season!
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