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South Jersey Baseball History:
Third High School Perfect Game Pitched - 1964

Tuesday, April 25, 2000

By Charlie Schick
South Jersey Baseball Historical Society

On Saturday April 25, 1964, Edgewood High's Les Fulleylove joined Fran Dale, Holy Spirit (1945), and John Buyarski, St. James (1952) as the only pitchers to ever author a scholastic baseball perfect game when he pitched his teammates to a 1-0 victory over West Deptford High. The lean southpaw with excellent control allowed only two batters to even hit the ball, as he recorded 19 strikeouts of the seven inning game's 21 outs.

In probably one of the most impressive season starts of any pitcher in South Jersey history, Fulleylove's perfect game performance increased his early season record to a perfect 4 and 0. His dominance in those first four outings had been overwhelming as he allowed a total of only 3 hits, just over 1 every 9 innings, and averaged 18 strikeouts per game for an unbelievable 2.6 per inning ratio.

The winners scored the game's lone run in the top of the third inning on 3 hits, the last being third baseman Gene Jone's RBI single that scored shortstop Rick Marrella. That was all the help the hard-throwing Les Fulleylove needed as he was completely in control of the game on this day. Offensively, Edgewood collected a total of 7 hits, with Jones and Marrella picking-up 2 apiece.

Defensively, center fielder Les Heggan and first baseman Bob Lewis made the putouts on the only two balls the losers managed to hit. With the victory, Edgewood moved into a virtual tie with Sterling High for the Olympic Conference lead, as both squads were undefeated at that time of the season.

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