In boys soccer: Ninth seed Hazen upsets top seeded Lake Region in overtime

Austin Roberge looks on as Zach Royer pushes the ball up and across the field in the Rangers loss to the Wildcats, Friday.  Photos by David Dudley

Austin Roberge looks on as Zach Royer pushes the ball up and across the field in the Rangers loss to the Wildcats, Friday. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 29, 2014

by David Dudley

The Hazen Union High Wildcats ended the Lake Region Rangers season Friday with a 2-1 victory in overtime. Forward Jake Gilcris scored both goals for the Wildcats, to give them the edge they needed in a messy but exciting game.

As with the Rangers’ last home game, where they defeated the Oxbow Olympians, the field was slippery, muddy, and pockmarked by cleats. To make matters more challenging, it was cold, windy, and a mist engulfed the field for most of the first half of the game. Still, fans were lined up on the hill, stretching the length of the field, finding shelter under canvas canopies and umbrellas.

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In boys baseball: LR Ranger Messier delivers perfect game

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Matt Messier delivered a perfect game victory to the host Lake Region Rangers on Wednesday.  Messier would strike out the side three times among his 12 total Ks on the day as the Rangers went on to win 4-0 and improve to 8-5 in boys DII play.  Photo by Richard Creaser

Matt Messier delivered a perfect game victory to the host Lake Region Rangers on Wednesday. Messier would strike out the side three times among his 12 total Ks on the day as the Rangers went on to win 4-0 and improve to 8-5 in boys DII play. Photo by Richard Creaser

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.

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