Blackman's baseball team emphatically clinched the District 7-AAA regular-season championship Tuesday night behind the arm of Drew Beam, who threw a perfect game in a 10-0 victory over La Vergne.
Beam threw five innings in the mercy-rule win, striking out nine and walking none.
“Everything felt really good and it was a fun experience,” Beam said. “We scored runs, which gave me lots of confidence to go out and pitch with a lead.”
Blackman’s flawless defense was on display with a diving outfield grabs from Andru Becker and Jacob Wright to preserve the perfect game.
“I could not have done it if it was not for my defense behind me making plays,” the sophomore Beam added. “They have made plays all year in tough spots for me and I am grateful for them.”
Beam was backed up by the hot bats of the top of the order. Lead-off hitter David Milam accounted for half of Blackman’s runs, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored. Three-hole hitter Blaze Bell contributed three RBIs and a run on 2-for-3 at the plate.
“We hit it well and that is important to be doing that this late in the year,” Blackman coach Barry Vetter said. “It gives confidence (for Beam) to pitch with a big lead along with handling the pressure of pitching with a no-hitter on the line.”
Blackman clinches its second District 7-AAA title in three years. Additionally the Blaze earned home field advantage for the upcoming District tournament and automatic spot in the Region 4-AA tournament.
“Adjustments were made (during our bye week in the beginning of April) and since then we have been hitting well behind above average pitching,” Vetter added.