Last week, as Charlotte Country Day pitcher Cole Bloomer was tossing a perfect game, he said he tried hard not to think about it .
“I don’t know, I was kind of pitching well,” he said. “It seemed like I was obviously ‘on’ that game, but we kind of had the ball roll our way, too.”
Charlotte Country Day, a private school, won 13-0 against North Mecklenburg, a 4A public school. Bloomer pitched five innings – on 50 pitches to 15 batters, allowing no hits or walks. The game was shortened because of the 10-run rule. His team made no errors. Bloomer, who doubles as was the school’s starting quarterback in football, struck out five.
“He was throwing strikes,” coach Mike Hennessey said. “His strike-to-ball ratio was crazy high and he was throwing first-pitch strikes and staying down in the (strike) zone. And it wasn’t like he had 20 strikeouts. He made them put the ball into play early in the count and we were able to make some plays behind him.”
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Bloomer, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior, has enjoyed success this year. For the season, he is 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA. He has 20 strikeouts. In football, he threw for 927 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 198 yards and three scores. He led his team to the N.C. Independent Schools Division I semifinals. But despite tossing a pair of one-hitters during his baseball career, he said he had never had a moment like the perfect game.
Bloomer said he throws three pitches consistently: a curve, a change-up and a fastball.
Last week, he had command of all three.
“When you throw strikes,” Hennessey said, “good things happen. And he’s a really good athlete. He plays in the outfield for us and he’s been our most consistent pitcher, and I like the fact that he gets on the mound and asks you to hit his best pitch every time.”
Bloomer, whose team will play at rival Charlotte Christian at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, said he’ll always remember the day he pitched a perfect game.
“Going out to the last inning,” he said, “I kind of thought about it, but I didn’t pay it a lot of attention or at least I tried not to. It really hit me after the last batter. Up until then, I didn’t realize the scale of it. My teammates came over and said ‘Congratulations,’ and I realized how sweet it was. I was like, ‘Yeah, this was kind of awesome.’”
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