by Richard Creaser
ORLEANS — Lake Region’s Matt Messier performed a rare feat on Wednesday afternoon, retiring all 21 Peoples Academy Wolves in order, including 12 strikeouts. His perfect game came with more than a little help from his teammates.
“I’ve been around baseball for 28 years, and I’ve never been part of a perfect game,” Lake Region Coach Eric Degre said after the game. “It’s just incredible to be around this…this aura.”
While credit goes to the pitcher, without the help of his teammates, that perfect game would not have resulted in a win for the Rangers. Clutch hitting and spectacular fielding all contributed to the historic moment, Coach Degre said.