softball pitcher Andrea Chiaradio
struck out the first batter from Norwich Free Academy that she faced Saturday.
Then she struck out the second, then the third, fourth and fifth batters. By the time it was over, Chiaradio had fired a perfect game – with all 21 outs coming on strikeouts – in a 3-0 win.
"We threw a lot of drop curves and rise balls," Chiaradio told TheDay.com
. "I was trying not to think about (a perfect game). I was just focused on getting the outs."
As reported by the website, Chiaradio, a junior, is pitching at the varsity level for the first time this season. Last year, she was the starting centerfielder for the Bears.
Chiaradio said she was nervous when the final batter of the game fouled off some pitches, but she pumped a fastball by her for the final out. She improved to 3-1 in the pitcher's circle after having lost her previous start.
"It was unbelievable to watch," Stonington coach Ann-Marie Houle told the website. "I don't think she understands the magnitude. We're so sarcastic as a coaching staff, I had to say, 'Andrea, for real, this is a big deal. I've never been more proud.' I've never seen her pitch so confidently."