Perfect Game For Texas Softball Player In State Playoff Semi-Finals
On Wednesday, Saidi Castillo, a pitcher for the Santa Gertrudis Academy Lions, made history as she led her team to a 5-0 victory over the Brock Eagles in the University Interscholastic League 3A softball state playoffs semi-finals match up. Castillo, who is now 21-0 on the season, struck out 12 batters and threw the first perfect game in the history of the 3A state tournament. Her performance was also the first no-hitter in 3A since Cherise Klekar did it for Hallettsville in the semi-finals against Early in 2009. Castillo's feat comes after the senior pitcher missed the first 15 games due to arthroscopic surgery on her left knee at the beginning of the season. After the win, SGA head coach, Thomas De Los Santos had this to say about Castillo's perfect game, "That is awesome! I mean, for her to do what she's done this season is amazing," noting that Castillo had her knee surgery on the "first day of practice." As for Castillo's response to her performance, "No, I never thought that would happen, but I wouldn't be able to do it without my defense," said Castillo, who will be making her third trip to the state finals.