BURLINGTON – Burlington Central pitcher Jake Schutta made things easy on his coach Monday against Harvard.
“I was calling pitches and felt like I was playing a video game,” Rockets coach Kyle Nelson said. “You call a pitch and it goes right where you want it to. He gets like that sometimes where he doesn’t miss his spots.”
Schutta struck out 13 Hornets and fired 56 strikes in 83 pitches to complete a 9-0 perfect game in their Big Northern Conference East Division baseball game.
“I was attacking the zone and hitting my spots,” said Schutta, who is 2-0. “Once I got ahead in the count, I threw off-speed pitches to get them swinging.”
It was Schutta’s first perfect game, although he said he had a no-hitter in a summer league game. The closest Harvard came to getting a runner on base was in the second when Justin Nolen tapped a slow grounder toward third base. Rockets third baseman Cody Schuver grabbed it and fired to first to beat Nolen on a bang-bang play.
Harvard was unable to get a ball out of the infield.
“I was aware [I had a perfect game],” Schutta said. “It was lingering in my head [in the last inning], but I knew I had to focus on the mitt and execute the pitches.”
Schuver led the Rockets (8-4 overall, 3-1 BNC East) with a home run, a double and five RBIs. He hit a two-run homer in the third and a three-run double in the fourth.
Geneva 5, Bartlett 3: At Geneva, Nick Derr went 2 for 3 with a home run, Jack Wassel drove in two runs and winning pitcher Bret Reed threw six innings to lead Geneva (9-2, 5-1 Upstate Eight Conference River) to the conference crossover win. The Vikings battled back from an early 3-0 deficit.
St. Charles North 8, West Chicago 7: At St. Charles, North improved to 11-2, 5-1 in UEC River play by nipping West Chicago in the conference crossover. The North Stars scored two runs each in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings to earn the comeback win. Riley Coomes and Kyle Khoury each drove in two runs.
St. Francis 8, Wheaton Academy 6: At Wheaton, St. Francis prevailed against Suburban Christian Conference rival Wheaton Academy.
Montini 4, Aurora Christian 0: At Lombard, Aurora Christian (6-3, 3-3) dropped the SCC contest despite two hits from Stephen Buhrt.
Rosary 9, Wheaton Academy 2: At Aurora, Emma Molenhouse, Sam Phelps, Sarah Willman and Natalya Flowers had two hits each as Rosary (3-10, 2-3 Suburban Christian Conference Blue) took the conference crossover. Marissa Gagliano tripled and stole four bases for Wheaton Academy (6-3, 4-1 SCC Gold).
Kaneland 6, Yorkville 0: At Yorkville, Heather Ortiz scored twice and Madi Jurcenko scored and had two assists to help Kaneland (8-1, 3-0 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) cruise in the lightning-shortened match.
St. Charles North wins quad: Host St. Charles North (126 points) easily outpaced Bartlett (67), West Chicago (39) and Elgin (33). Erik Miller won the high jump for North (6-foot-6).
Bartlett 9, St. Charles East 6: At Bartlett, East fell despite a win at No. 1 singles from Jill Patel.
ACC hires Drye: Dan Drye is the new girls volleyball coach at Aurora Central Catholic, the school announced.
Drye has previous coaching experience at Wilmington and Kankakee Bishop McNamara.
He replaces Jeanne Czipri, who stepped down after last season, according to ACC athletic director Sean Bieterman.
• Shaw Media’s Joe Stevenson contributed to this report.