High School Sports

Davis tosses perfect game in York Cougars’ baseball win over Fairfield Central

York Cougars pitcher Keith Davis schooled the Fairfield Central Griffins on Tuesday, teaching them how many steps it took to get from home plate to the visitors’ dugout.

Davis, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior, threw a perfect game in York’s 16-0 Region 4-AAA victory. He accounted for 14 of 15 outs in the game called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

“I would have liked to have gone seven to see what I could do, but I didn’t know I had the perfect game until the final out,” said Davis, who signed to play at USC-Sumter next year. “Nobody mentioned it, but when I got the last batter out on a swinging foul ball, my teammates charged the mound.

“They were yelling and hugging me. I asked what was going on, and they said I’d pitched a perfect game. Two more innings would have been good, but I’m happy with the outcome. Our offense did a great job hitting the ball.”

The Cougars got 14 hits, including a Matt Bostic home run.

Davis, a right-hander, said he stuck with two pitches, curve and fastball. He struck out the first batter and retired the second on a lazy foul pop behind first. He got on a roll and struck out the next 13 batters he faced.

“He’s a good player and will do well in college,” York coach Scot Kiggans said. “He was recruited as a pitcher/catcher, but he pitches and plays infield for us. When they (USC-Sumter) see he can hit and play the infield, I expect them to play him at the corner positions.

“First perfect game I’ve ever seen. Keith has been with me since the eighth grade, so you can’t imagine how proud I am of him.”