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Throwing a perfect game is never easy, but Michael Strem sure made it look that way.

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Michael Strem, St. Francis

According to the Mercury News, the St. Francis (Mountain View, Calif.) senior threw the first perfect game in school history in a 2-0 victory over Monta Vista in the first round of the California Central Coast Section Division I playoffs on Wednesday.

Strem needed only 66 pitches — 48 strikes — to complete the 7-inning perfect game. The low pitch count is even more impressive given the fact that Strem struck out eight Matador batters.

As brilliant as Strem was, the game was tied until the sixth inning, when a Mark Cardinalli single drove in the only runs of the game.

Monta Vista's Peter Stern was brilliant in the loss, allowing three hits with eight strikeouts.

St. Francis moves on to play Valley Christian (San Jose) or Wilcox (Santa Clara) in the quarterfinals on Saturday.