Player of the week: Matthew Trest

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 24, 2007

In his first appearance as an all-star pitcher, Matthew Trest came out and proved he deserved his position on the mound for the Demopolis under-10 Cal Ripken group.

Facing a tough Greensboro group, which averaged 10 runs a game and had a power hitter that amassed three homeruns in the group&8217;s first two games, Trest had a daunting challenge awaiting his debut. Trest, though, who had only pitched two seasons leading up to the game, proved his merit on the mound.

Trest pitched the complete six innings of the game, which resulted in a, 3-0, shutout of Greensboro. He gave up only two hits, no walks and recorded 15 strikeouts against 20 batters (two over the minimum for a six-inning game.)

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It didn&8217;t seem like it would be a breakout game for Trest from the start, when the first batter based off an error, but the batter was quickly dealt with when he got out stealing second. From there, Trest strolled and was pitching a no-hitter into the fourth inning, with the minimum batters possible.

A double in the fourth and a single in the sixth ended the attempt at a perfect game, but neither batter would advance past second due to Trest&8217;s pitching and strong defense. To top it off, the closest Trest came to a walk in the game was reaching ball three once in the game.

&8212; Brandon Glover