Peter Meredith was perfect.
And Larry H. Miller Toyota's No. 2-rated (23-5) fastpitch softball team was crowned champion of the George Baumann Memorial Tournament Sunday.Miller Toyota captured the championship by dumping the Midland Explorers, 8-0, in five innings.
Midland (15-2) has lost only two games all year - both to Miller Toyota.
Meredith (11-1), who won four games in the tournament, hurled a perfect game in the championship game. Meredith, who was named the most valuable pitcher in the tournament, had 10 strikeouts.
"I found my rhythm," explained Meredith. "The ball moved a lot more than he has this year. I was able to hit more spots today. My changeup was really working for me, because I have found a new release point. That has made a big difference for me."
The pitching, with Dwayne Dyck (11-3), who was 2-1, and Meredith's effort, was the key for Miller Toyota.
But, like Meredith put it, the team really started to hit in the last two games.
Tommy Montgromery blasted a three-run home run, and Brett Alvey had a two-run single to help lead the Salt Lake club's 13-hit attack against the Midland Explorers.
Miller Toyota (23-5) dumped the the Waterloo Twins, 12-0, in the semifinal game, with Alvey blasting two home runs for four RBI. Dyck, who improved his season record to 12-3, gave up only three hits against the Gators.
Second baseman Kyle Magnusson was named the tournament's most valuable hitter, going 11-for-22. In the last two games, Magnusson went four-for-six.
Also, in the last two, Mitch Munthe had four hits. Mike Aranzullo had two hits and scored a run against Waterloo.