Anthony Klich, Jr., a young Bayonne resident who pitched a perfect game in the Pony League last month gets a proclamation from Mayor Jimmy Davis.
In a perfect game, none of the batters from the opposing team ever makes a base.
It was Saturday, May 6 when the 14-year-old pitched his perfect game for the Mona Lisa team in the Pony League.
The six-inning game saw the pitcher strike out sixteen of the eighteen batters he faced. Fifteen of the sixteen were consecutive strikeouts.
Anthony says he pitched curveballs and change-ups throughout the game.
He’s a double threat, as pitching was not Anthony’s only strength. He showed his skills as a batter too that day in hitting three hits in four at bats, and four runs-batted-in.
In the history of the Pony League, Anthony is only the second pitcher to achieve a perfect game. The first to do so was his father, Anthony Klich, Sr., who thirty-four year ago pitched a perfect game.
Mayor Davis bestowed the fantastic honor on Anthony by proclaiming May 31 “Anthony Klich, Jr. Day” in the City of Bayonne.
The proclamation requests “all residents congratulate him for his remarkable achievement of pitching a perfect game.” Joining the young pitcher for his proclamation presentation at City Hall were his parents, Anthony, Sr. and Marie, and sister, Kayla.
A student at Bayonne High School, Anthony Klich has played baseball since the age of four. He previously participated in Cal Ripken Baseball.
“It was a pleasure to honor Anthony,” Mayor Davis says. “The entire community should be proud of his pitching a perfect game, a rare thing in the great game of baseball. I wish him continued success in the years ahead.”