Phelps’ perfect game earns Western’s fourth consecutive PSL baseball title

Western International High’s Todd Phelps pitched his way into Detroit Public School League history Thursday night with the first perfect game thrown at Comerica Park.

Phelps struck out 12 and didn’t allow a base runner in Western’s 8-0 victory against Renaissance to capture the Cowboys’ fourth consecutive PSL baseball crown.

The memorable performance came before a loyal base of Western fans and hundreds of others who turned out for “School Spirit Night,” a celebration of pride and support for PSL athletics.

“I tried not to think about it,’’ Phelps said of what is believed to be the first perfect game in PSL baseball championship history. “I tried to stay humble. I started to think about it in the fourth or fifth inning. Nobody talked about it (in the dugout). They didn’t want to say anything.”

Phelps, a senior right-hander, said he had been lobbying with Western coach Mike Vazquez to get the start in the championship game.

“I’ve been wanting this game since December,’’ he said. “Coach told me Sunday that I was going to be the starting pitcher.”

According to the Detroit News, the last no-hitter thrown in a PSL title game was in 1973 when Denby’s Mike Avalone went nine innings to defeat Cody 1-0 at Tigers Stadium.

Pitching on the same mound where the Tigers’ Armando Galarraga was robbed of a perfect game by a bad umpire’s call during last year’s major league season, Phelps kept Renaissance off balanced for the full seven innings, fueled by a wicked curve.

“I had a lot of confidence in my curveball,” Phelps said. “I don’t think I threw it for a ball all night.”

Phelps was mobbed on the mound by his teammates after the completion of his masterpiece as Western’s fans stood, cheered and snapped photos.

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