Peter Meredith was almost perfect.
That was until the seventh inning.Then, the Larry H. Miller Toyota hurler walked a hitter. So, Meredith had to settle for a no-hitter in leading Miller Toyota to its second International Softball Congress Fastpitch Tournament win, a 1-0 victory over Baltimore's Class Walls Tuesday afternoon at Queen Elizabeth Park.
It was Meredith's seventh no-hitter, which is an ISC tournament record. He was tied with former Long Beach Nitehawk pitcher LeRoy Zimmerman.
Actually, every time Meredith wins an ISC Tournament game, he sets a record. He now has 44 ISC Tournament victories.
"The ball was going really well for me today and it had a zip on it," said Meredith. "The most important thing is that we won, and hopefully, we can keep it going.
"This is when it really counts," added Meredith. "We had Brian Lehrman get the big hit for us today. Brett Alvey did it in our other game (a 3-0 win over Scandia, Minn.)
"Hopefully, someone else will pick us up tomorrow. I picked up the boys a little bit today."
In 14 innings of ISC play, Meredith has not allowed a batter to go second base against him. And also, in 14 innings, he has fanned 26 batters and given up only two hits.
Meredith fanned 16 of the 21 hitters he faced and walked only one.
But he needed a key hit by Lehrman in the fourth inning. Lehrman tripled to deep right centerfield and scored on the play when the Class Walls' second baseman over threw the catcher at home plate.
With the win, Miller Toyota advances to play the Madison, Wisconsin Farm at 6 p.m. (MDT) Wednesday night.