By Jerry Del Priore
Delbarton High School senior pitcher Jack Leiter was perfect for 6.2 innings in the team’s Morris County Baseball Tournament against 14-seeded West Central High School Saturday at Montville Township High School.
But after Leiter, son of former MLB pitching veteran Al Leiter, lost his perfect game and followed it by dropping the no-hitter and shut out, he wascstill able to hang in there to seal the 2-1 victory and tournament win for the second-seeded Green Wave.
It all started when Leiter walked Adian Healy to break up the perfect game. Healy proceeded to swipe second base and senior right fielder Kevin Kennedy drove him in with a single, cutting the lead to 2-1.
With the game hanging in the balance, opposing pitcher Connor Stain walked, putting runners on first and second. But Leiter got Jackson Yeats to whiff at an offspeed offering to squelch the threat and secure the victory for Delbarton.
The Summit, New Jersey, resident, and Vanderbilt-commit allowed just one hit, two walks and a run while striking out 14 batters in his 98-pitch complete-game win.
North Carolina-bound senior Shawn Rapp drove in the contest’s first run on a sacrifice fly, scoring senior shortstop Anthony Volpe from third.
Next, Volpe hit a two-out bomb over the left field fence to give Delbarton a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third. It was a game-winning dinger.