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Clearwater teen named softball Player of the Week

BC Softball gave the award for a pitching a perfect game
Devin Holland was named Softball BC’s Player of the Week on Aug. 2 for pitching a perfect game in Prince George during the BC Summer Games. (Softball BC/Facebook)

After bringing home a silver medal following the BC Summer Games, Clearwater’s Devin Holland, 16, was named Softball BC’s Player of the Week on Aug. 2.

In the North Thompson team’s second game, they made history when Holland pitched a perfect game - with no runs and the opposing team didn’t touch a single base - leading the team to a 10-0 shutout.

“It felt good,” he said to be named Player of the Week.

Holland said he wasn’t nervous going into the game and wasn’t aware he had pitched a perfect game until his coach told him.

“He faced 12 batters in the game and struck out 9,” said Adam Donnelly in a post from Softball BC. “Not only is he a great ball player, he’s also one of the nicest, most down-to-earth kids you’ll ever meet. He doesn’t get down or frustrated on the field, he’s always smiling. It was a pleasure coaching him on the weekend!”

The Zone 2 team, which included seven boys from Clearwater, two from Barriere and one each from Kamloops and Merritt, showed their “heart and enthusiasm” in the competition, held in July in Prince George. More than 3,000 spectators were at the opening ceremonies, the first in over four years, to cheer on the more than 2,200 athletes who competed in various events.

“Congratulations, Devin. What an outstanding person you are,” reads a Facebook post from Softball BC. “We are so proud of you and love your sportsmanship. Well done!”

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