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Pirates Draftee Strikes Out 18 Straight Batters in Perfect Game

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Just a high school game, but still. Pirates 26th-rounder Matt Dermody struck out every hitter who game to the plate in a six-inning perfect game:

Dermody, a senior recently drafted in the 26th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, pulled off the feat Monday night against South Tama High. The 6-foot-5 lefthander could have done more damage, but by then Norwalk was ahead 10-0.

In Iowa, games are called if a team is ahead by 10 or more runs after five innings.

Iowa High School Athletic Association spokesman Bud Legg says Dermody's effort is the first recorded instance of an Iowa pitcher striking out every batter he faced. 

In other draft and minor league news, Rudy Owens allowed just one hit in eight innings for West Virginia yesterday:

The 6-foot-3, 224-pound left-hander surrendered just one hit in firing eight shutout innings as the West Virginia Power snapped a four-game losing skid against the Kannapolis Intimidators with a 6-0 victory Tuesday night at Appalachian Power Park. A paid crowd of 3,573 attended the South Atlantic League matchup.

Owens, a 28th-round selection of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the June 2006 draft, exited to chants of "Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!'' upon recording the final out of the eighth...

Owens set down 24 of 25 batters, including 16 straight at one point, but had his no-hitter broken up in the sixth.

The Pirates also signed five draft picks: outfielders Jose Hernandez (23rd round) and Pat Irvine (33rd), shortstop Ty Summerlin (30th) and pitchers Jason Erickson (24th) and Marc Baca (42nd).

Finally, Pedro Alvarez hit two homers in the second game of a doubleheader yesterday, although he went 0-for-3 in the first game.