Buckley tosses perfect game at Lauralton Hall

Masuk High junior pitcher Tatum Buckley struck out 14 and pitched the third perfect game of her high school career Wednesday afternoon, leading the Panthers to a 3-0 South-West Conference win over Lauralton Hall in Milford.

Masuk, now 4-0, got all the runs it needed in the fifth inning, as senior Melissa Peet doubled to left scoring pinch running Rebecca Tillotson and Ashley Fedor, who had been intentionally walked.

Peet then scored on an error.

The Panthers, who have outscored their opponents, 22-0, had 11 hits off of Lauralton Hall pitcher Haley Congdon, who gave up two earned runs while striking out three and issuing three walks.

In addition to Fedor, Tori Schiebe, Brittany DeMota and Kayla Cannon all had two hits each.

“I thought Tatum had great movement on her pitches today,” Masuk coach Jacqui Sheftz said. “She has not only learned how to be a very good up and down pitcher, now she throws the ball well east to west.”

Of the seven balls the Crusaders were able to put in play, Buckley handled three of them and threw out all three runners.

The loss left Lauralton Hall at 1-2. After defeating Trumbull, 4-0, in their opener, the Crusaders have now lost to Westhill-Stamford (13-10) and to Masuk.

“Our kids seemed to be a little in awe of her (Buckley) today,” Lauralton Hall coach Theresa Napolitano said. “I guess you can expect that because we’re such a young team.

“It looks like Masuk will be the team to beat this year in the SWC. We’re going to try and stay with the pack.”