Sweet Home's Josh Bystrak throws first perfect game

Bystrak is our Super 7 athlete of the week
Posted at 6:52 PM, Apr 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 18:52:38-04

A season is always full of memories.

For Sweet Home pitcher Josh Bystrak, the biggest memory and game of his life, came last week.

"I don't think I'm ever gonna forget it," he said. "It felt like a dream. It didn't set in until after a while."

Bystrak started the first inning against Maryvale going three up, three down.

It wasn't until innings later when that three up, three down, became pretty frequent.

"I knew he was throwing a no hitter but the perfect game didn't really set in until about the 5th inning and I was like, wow, he's really doing something amazing," said coach Jon Campolo.

The ninth inning came along and Bystrak did what he had done all game, three up, three down. It was his first ever perfect game and the program's first perfect game in any level in the last decade.

"Digging through the archives, we did see someone do it and that was at the JV level back in 2002," Campolo said.

A sixteen year drought over.

Bystrak finished with 92 pitches thrown, 13 less than the allotted amount in a game and struck out ten of the 27 batters he faced.

It's a stat sheet and game to remember and while his future in baseball is uncertain, he's savoring that one special moment he'll hold onto forever.

"It's definitely something to think about a lot, especially since a lot of people haven't done it," Bystrak said.


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