Story and photos by By Kyle Timmons
GRANT PARK – Wednesday’s opening day baseball game for Grant Park senior Clayton McKinstry couldn’t have gone any better.

The right-hander was nearly untouchable as he fanned 11-of-12 batters faced in a 17-0 Dragons’ win over St. Anne as he and Nicholas Timmons combined for a perfect game.

McKinstry commented-

“I was just hoping that we could pull out a win and play good as a team. I just wanted to throw strikes and make (St. Anne) hit the ball and let my fielders field it if they hit it.”

After striking out the first three batters with just 11 pitches McKinstry’s offense gave him some cushion to settle in the remainder of the game by erupting for seven first inning runs.

McKinstry took a walk to lead off the bottom of the first, then stole second base before scoring the first run of the game on an RBI single by Wesley Schneider.

Two batters later Timmons lined a single down the left-field line for an RBI making it 2-0.

The next two batters, Cody Radzik and Troy Reynolds, each walked and also came around to score.
Keaton Lacer singled and later scored and Hunter Romanowski also added a hit.

In the second inning McKinstry struck out the first two batters of the inning before St. Anne sophomore Eric Savoie popped up a foul ball to the fence that Schneider, the Grant Park catcher, made a stellar play on accounting for the only out by St. Anne that wasn’t a strikeout.

Radzik and Reynolds each crossed the plate in the bottom of the second as two costly errors by St. Anne’s third baseman came with two outs in the frame to allow Grant Park to grab a 9-0 lead.

Radzik walked all three times and scored twice for the Dragons.

In the third Sawyer Loitz crushed a double to right-center field and later scored giving the Dragons an 11-0 advantage.
Travis Fick also doubled in the third and finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

The final six runs came in the bottom of the fourth as Schneider unloaded the bases with a 3-run triple. Schneider finished with three runs scored as well.

With the win in tack, Grant Park coach, Matt Fick, played it safe on the mound by pulling McKinstry and gave Timmons the ball to close out the contest.

Timmons struck out all three batters he faced as he finished what McKinstry started.

Timmons also went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Score by innings –

  • St. Anne 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 Runs, 0 Hits, 3 Errors
  • Grant Park 7 2 2 6 x – 17 Runs, 10 Hits, 0 Errors