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Brendan Rodegerdts, Woodland Christian

Usually not a pitcher for Woodland Christian (Calif.), sophomore Brendan Rodegerdts took the mound for the first time in a makeup game with Sacramento Waldorf on Thursday.

Don't expect it to be the last.

In a five-inning game cut short by the mercy rule, Rodegerdts threw a perfect game, striking out all 15 batters he faced in a 12-0 win. The effort was similar to that of Carle Place pitcher Mike Delio, who struck out all 21 batters for a perfect game in his first varsity outing.

"We brought him up to the varsity because we were short of some healthy throwing arms," said Woodland Christian coach Jerry Miller. "It was pretty special."

The perfect game by Rodegerdts wasn't the only highlight of the day for Woodland Christian, however. In the first game of the doubleheader, Robbie Miller had a perfect game into the fifth before an error ended it. Miller finished with a no-hitter and 10 strikeouts in a five-inning 19-0 win.