Congratulating Max Huseboe, left, after he threw a perfect game in a 1-0 win over Waupun are, in the foreground, from left, Sam Vanevenhoven, Brice Peth and Garrett Jennings. Walking off the field dejected in the background is Waupun coach Derrick Standke.
Congratulating Max Huseboe, left, after he threw a perfect game in a 1-0 win over Waupun are, in the foreground, from left, Sam Vanevenhoven, Brice Peth and Garrett Jennings. Walking off the field dejected in the background is Waupun coach Derrick Standke.

   It was a script that seemed fitting for Hollywood.

    Facing the Ripon American Legion Post 43 baseball team’s biggest rival, Max Huseboe was one out away from doing the unthinkable last week Wednesday.

   The pitcher retired the first 20 Waupun batters he faced and needed just one more to accomplish a perfect game.

   Standing in the way of history was Reece Homan, a batter who had terrorized Ripon pitching — both at the American Legion and high school levels ...

   Huseboe’s first pitch was a ball.

   His second pitch was fouled.

   And then before the third pitch, Ripon head coach Austin Fenner looked at Homan’s spray chart from the game and yelled at second baseman Hunter Auchtung: “Hunter to you last time.”

   Auchtung looked at Fenner and gave him a thumbs up.

   Next pitch, the ball was smoked to Auchtung, who went up as high as he could, according to Fenner, just to bring it down and complete the perfect game.

Read the full story, which includes information on the rarity of the feat and the challenges in doing so, in the June 27, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.