Ashland three-sport athlete Logan Salow has created a cluttered collage of on-the-field memories over the years.
What he did on Saturday might just top them all.
The senior left-hander threw a perfect game as Ashland beat Lawrence County, 2-0, in the King of the Mountain Classic in Prestonsburg.
“I’m still trying to let it sink in a little bit,” Salow said shortly afterward.
Salow stifled Bulldogs hitters, striking out 18 on just 79 total pitches. He threw 62 strikes and 17 balls. He fanned the final three batters, even after falling behind in the count, 2-0, to the first hitter in the seventh.
When it was over, he said he felt relief.
“Everybody strives for this every time they go out to the mound,” he said. “You’ve peaked, it’s the greatest feeling in the world. Coach (Jeff Wilcox) came out and gave me a big hug. And my teammates were hugging and high-fiving me. It was a great moment to share with my team.”
Lawrence County put the ball in play three times — a dribbler in front of catcher Cam Fritz, a groundout to Salow and a flyout to left field.
Salow was cognizant of what was happening, but he tried to keep it from overwhelming him.
“In the top of the seventh, (Fritz) asked me if I had a no-hitter going, and I just had to sit there and laugh at him,” Salow said. “Nobody was really talking to me throughout the whole game.”
Salow had thrown two perfect games growing up, both occurring in Little League. He also combined with Sam Hunter to no-hit Fairview last season, and he threw a one-hitter against Lewis County.
On Saturday, Salow achieved perfection against a Lawrence County squad that hadn’t even been shut out all season. The Bulldogs are 18-8.
Ashland (19-9) scored its two runs in the top of the third, when Evan Cox doubled, Salow walked and Jared Slone singled them both in.
That was more than enough support for Salow, who was recently inspired by an action photograph of the Reds’ Homer Bailey he saw in the newspaper. Bailey threw a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates last season.
“I’ve got to give credit to Homer Bailey, I guess,” Salow laughed. “My dad showed me a picture of Homer, and how his mechanics were. He said, ‘If you can do this, it’ll help a lot.’ I’ve been staying balanced at the top, using my legs a lot more. It’s so much less stress on my arm.
“I threw a lot of fastballs today, and just trusted my mechanics.”
ASHLAND 002 000 0 — 2 5 0
LAWRENCE 000 000 0 — 0 0 2
Salow and Fritz; Wallen and Rice. W—Salow. L—Wallen. 2B—Cox (A).
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