By Bill Paterson
Oak Ridge needed Kyle Porter to be flawless Monday, and the 6-foot-2 senior left-hander didn't disappoint.
Porter pitched a perfect game and struck out 18 batters as the Trojans beat visiting Union Mine 1-0 in eight innings to extend their season winning streak to 15 games.
"It was an amazing performance," said Oak Ridge coach Todd Melton. "There were no spectacular saves. The balls put in play were routine. Kyle was brilliant. He had guys chasing all day."
Porter threw 98 pitches and Union Mine could only put six balls in play: three infield ground outs, a pop out to first and two fly outs to center.
"His cutter, today it was really on," Melton said.
The Cal scholarship signee struck out 16 of the first 18 batters. He went to three balls only twice, once in the first inning and once in the sixth inning when he fell behind the Diamondbacks' No. 9 hitter three balls, one strike before striking him out.
Senior third baseman Robert Brown drove in the winning run with a walk-off single in the eighth inning. Jake Wehr led off the inning by reaching second base on an infield error, the only miscue of the well-played game.
Oak Ridge pinch runner Will Jolly was bunted to third by Colby Wilmer, who reached first, thus setting the table for Brown's hit to right center.
That ruined a nice effort by Union Mine senior pitcher Ryan Verner. He scattered seven hits, walked four and struck out four.
Oak Ridge is now 16-2 on the season and 9-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference. Union Mine is 4-12 overall, 3-6 in league.