Burlington pitcher Hector Sosa tossed a gem last night against the Sioux Falls Dakota. Sosa struck out 13 in a dominating performance. The drama grew all night, and even the Sioux Falls fans were on their feet to start the 9th. Sosa had retired the first 24 in order. He stuck out Alex Bennett and Geronimo Guerrero to open the 9th, leaving him 1 out away from a perfect game. That left only pinch hitter and Hall of Famer, Rich Clarke. The 22-year old Sosa was pushing 115 pitches when he lost Clarke to a sinker in the dirt on a 3-2 count, losing his perfect game with a walk.
That flipped the order to leadoff man Derrick Quinn. Quinn jumped on the first pitch, ripping a double off the left-field wall, scoring Clarke, breaking up the no-hitter, perfect game, and shutout at the same time. Sosa finished off the complete game by striking out Haywood Lidle for the 4th time.