Iowa high school duo nearly perfect

The Associated PressJune 18, 2009 

— A perfect game is one thing. But Norwalk High pitchers Matt Dermody and Kole Klocko nearly pulled off a perfect doubleheader.

Dermody, a senior, struck out all 18 batters he faced in a six-inning perfect game Monday night. Klocko, a junior, closed the doubleheader against South Tama High with a five-inning no-hitter, striking out 10 while issuing just one walk.

Dermody and Klocko, best friends, didn't stop there: Dermody hit homers in each game and Klocko had two doubles.

Norwalk won both games 10-0. High schools in Iowa play baseball in the summer, and games are called if a team is ahead by 10 or more runs after five innings.

"I was just really focused that night," Dermody said. "I had good control of my fastball."

Iowa High School Athletic Association spokesman Bud Legg said Dermody's effort is the first recorded instance of an Iowa pitcher striking out every batter he faced. Legg said the state's record books go back to 1929.

Dermody, a 6-foot-5 lefthander, was recently drafted in the 26th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He said he won't make a decision until the end of summer on whether to go to Iowa or play pro ball.

Dermody, who according to Norwalk coach Chad Wiedmann throws in the mid- to upper 80s with a good curveball and changeup, is 4-0 with a 0.29 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 20 innings.

It was the first no-hitter for the 18-year-old Dermody.

Klocko, who played left field during Dermody's outing, figured that South Tama would "tee off" on him because he throws a slower than Dermody.

Klocko, 17, issued his lone walk in the fourth inning.

"I didn't really look at it as though, 'Man, I have to do just as good as he did,' " Klocko said.

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