GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – You've heard the phrase a hundred times: nobody's perfect. Nobody except Derek Slagle (York Haven, Pa. / Red Land). On Tuesday, Apr. 16, the Penn State Harrisburg pitcher made history when he became the first player in school history to throw a perfect game. The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) recognized the freshman's rare feat by naming him the league's Student-Athlete of the Week for the time period ending Sunday, Apr. 21.
Slagle took the mound against Penn College last Tuesday and turned in the best performance of any pitcher in the conference to date. He allowed no runs, no hits, walked no batters and struck out three Wildcats in the Lions' 3-0 victory. In the seventh and final inning, he recorded the first and final outs of the stanza to seal the deal on one of the rarest accomplishment in all of sports.
The Red Land grad made a relief appearance against NEAC rival Penn State Abington on Sunday, Apr. 21 and helped the Blue & White work out a jam with a runner on third base. For the week, Slagle pitched 7.1 innings and blanked the opposition in all statistical categories.