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ABC22/FOX44 Athlete of the Week: Lake Region's Matt Messier

Twenty one straight batters, twenty one straight outs. Not a single hit, not a single walk. Lake Region's Matt Messier is now a member of an incredibly rare group of baseball players. Matt can say he's thrown a perfect game, making him this weeks Athlete of the Week.
Orleans, VT -- Twenty one straight batters, twenty one straight outs. Not a single hit, not a single walk. Lake Region's Matt Messier is now a member of an incredibly rare group of baseball players. Matt can say he's thrown a perfect game, making him this weeks Athlete of the Week. 

"Honestly I didn't even realize what was going on until the top of the seventh." said Messier at practice Monday.

"I don't think there was too many times he shook me off on a call." said catcher Jeremy Dean. "We were pretty much on the same page most of the game."

"I've been coaching for 28 years and this is the first time I've ever been a part of a perfect game." Lake Region coach Eric Degre said.

Messier pitched his first perfect game, and his second no-hitter, May 28th against People's Academy.

"I came into the dugout and everyone kind of mauled me." remembered Messier. "I realized what was going on. It felt pretty good."

"There's only been, I believe 23 perfect games in Major League Baseball since 1904. I know this is high school baseball, however you still have to throw the ball. You still have to catch the ball, and we did those things correctly that day." Degre said.

He didn't do it alone, a strong game from his catcher Jeremy Dean, and the final out coming on grounder to his shortstop Logan Harper, it was truly a team effort.

"I don't know if we had any passed balls," Messier said. "Logan was great at short, had a couple nice plays."

"It was a routine ground ball so I was trying to stay positive." said Harper. "In my head I was thinking, I've got this guy, and I gunned him right out. Perfect game, there's no better feeling."

"Yeah I was pretty nervous, but we had been playing pretty solid defense behind him and I knew the guys would take care of it. I knew we'd get it done." said Dean. 
"He's not one of those guys to show how excited he is. I think he was really excited to get a perfect game because he lives for baseball I mean that's what he lives for."



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