Perfect game. Perfect record.
No, Golden Eagles starting pitcher Kyler Schemstad didn’t throw one, although he was good for a complete-game shutout.
Ferndale coach Donny Hennigs was alluding to his club for seven innings playing perfect in all facets of the game.
“We’ve talked about it since we got going here about playing the perfect game,” Hennigs said, “and that’s the first thing that I said (after the game) is that I thought we played the perfect game. Pitching and defense have been there for us most of the year, but to not kick any balls, not walk any guys ... and timely hitting was great for us.”
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And the Golden Eagles’ flawless effort came during one of their biggest games of the year, a top-flight matchup with Anacortes for the NWC lead.
Schemstad, Ferndale’s left-handed ace, crafted his best outing thus far, and the Golden Eagles’ offense strung together hits off Seahawks starter Matt Irving and strong defense and heads-up baserunning helped Ferndale earn a 4-0 NWC win Friday, April 17, at Ferndale High School.
“It was a huge win,” Schemstad said. “They are a really good team. They have a really good lineup, and we played really good defense. We were error free today and had no walks, which really helped us.”
The win kept the Golden Eagles (11-2, 6-0 NWC) perfect in league play. They own the conference’s only unblemished record.
Schemstad, who improved to 4-0, used precision pitching for a four-hit shutout. He struck out three, walked none and found trouble only in the third inning before his defense picked him up with a one-out, bases-loaded double play.
Schemstad retired eight straight early in the game before setting down seven in a row throughout the fourth, fifth and sixth. The junior, after logging no more than 10 innings last season, has developed into the team’s big-game pitcher, Hennigs said.
“He is just one of those even-keeled guys,” said the Ferndale coach. “You don’t know if he’s up 10, down 10 or if his dog got killed or whatever. He just goes out there and does what he needs to do. He was perfect for us.”
Ferndale’s offense chipped in, too, off one of the league’s tougher pitchers.
The Golden Eagles amassed eight hits off Irving. Catcher Brady Shearer was 2 for 3, Kyler Brudwick drove in Kyle Sandstrom with a single to give Ferndale an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and Kole Weidkamp went 1 for 2 with a big RBI single in the bottom of the fourth.
Even Schemstad helped his own cause with an RBI double over the head of Anacortes’ center fielder in the fourth.
The hit gave the Golden Eagles a 2-0 advantage before Wiedkamp sent Schemstad home with a one-out, hard-hit single into left.
Two innings later Ian Barnes made a smart move on the basepaths to give Ferndale an extra insurance run and a 4-0 lead. Irving made a pickoff throw to first and had Weidkamp caught between first and second, but Barnes, who was on third, bolted for home as soon as Irving had Weidkamp hung up. Barnes just beat the tag from Anacortes catcher Ty Johnson.
Schemstad, after giving up a leadoff top of the seventh single, retired his next three batters to seal the win.
“We really mesh as a team, and we really come together in our games when we need it,” said Schemstad of what he attributed to Ferndale’s strong play. “It’s like a big family, and we are all there for each other.”
Ferndale 4, Anacortes 0
WP: Kyler Schemstad (4-0). LP: Matt Irving. Highlights: Ferndale: Brady Shearer 2-3; Kole Weidkamp 1-2, RBI; Kyler Brudwick 1-3, RBI, Kyler Schemstad 1-3, 2B, R. Anacortes: Jordan Neville 2-3, SB; Eli Gallo 2-3, 2B.