Lincoln's Tyler Holton Makes History On The Mound

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"A perfect game isn't something you think about, you just go out there and pitch you know. Honestly, it hasn't hit me yet. Can't believe it," Lincoln pitcher Tyler Holton said.

Holton may have just gone out there and pitched but this was no ordinary performance.

"Oh nice pitch."

The junior left-hander faced 21 batters, got them all out.

Mostly his doing.

Finished with 17 strikeouts.

"Tried to get ahead with that fastball and setting up with that fastball gives you a lot of opportunity to strike them out with off-speed and what not and my change-up was on, my curve was on and I threw a cutter and I didn't throw it too many times but it kind of surprised them every now and then," Holton said.

As innings went on it was obvious this could be a special night.

"I'm sure he didn't know, but I knew the whole time so I felt it. I just had to stay calm for him," Lincoln catcher Bo Seccombe said.

"It wasn't until the 4th or 5th inning that my pitching coach came up to me that I realized the pitch count was getting up, what do we want to do, we want to protect arms, and he got stronger and stronger as the game went on. He was doing a great job," Lincoln Head Baseball Coach Joe Vallese said.

"After I knew I was on pace for the perfect game I was trying not to act different then what I normally would during a game so I was talking to guys and they were like should we mess with you, should we not, and I kind of get sensitive but I was trying to be loose, have a good time and it was fun," Holton said.

And as the game wore on, the question looms, does he have enough left in the tank?

"I got behind maybe two or three times there in the sixth and seventh inning, three balls and was wo, just, you've thrown a strike a lot this game so just throw it over the plate and see what they can do with it and sure enough I was able to do it," Holton said.

"We changed it up every now and then. We'd go back and forth a few times and for the most part we were on the same page," Seccombe said.

"Lincoln Pride."

It's early in the season. Do you push his inning count? Together they found the answers.

"We started with a low pitch count. We tried to build up from the off-season, how their legs are underneath them and their fatigue factor and he got stronger as the game got on and we probably went fifteen, twenty pitches more than we wanted, but you know, you only get one shot at that and he'll a nice long rest, that's for sure, before he pitches again," Vallese said.

A perfect game may only count as one win, but it's a memory that will last a lifetime.

"We made history. It's going to be awesome to look back and think that's my bud over there. We threw a perfect game in high school," Seccombe said.

"There's not a big group that's ever thrown it and I'll probably look back at it later on in my life and be like I threw a perfect game. It might have been in high school but it's a big accomplishment for me just so far in my life and hopefilly maybe I can do it again down the road," Holton said.

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