Adam Sirois pitched a perfect game on May 20, striking out 17 of the 18 batters he faced.
Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Wheels Little League baseball pitcher Adam Sirois threw a perfect game on May 20. Sirois shut out Damariscotta Hardware at their home field in Nobleboro 9-0.
The 12-year-old struck out 17 of the 18 batters he faced. The other out was a ground out to first.
He was swarmed by his team and coaches after the last strikeout.
“He told me he could do it at the bottom of the fifth inning so I gave him a high five and he went out to the mound and got the job done,” said Wheels team manager Paul Miner.
“I am thankful for Coach Jon Pinkham for keeping him in the game. Often times we pull out a pitcher after 50 pitches to save them for the next game.
“Adam pitched four perfect innings in a game against South Bristol Lions on May 2. Jon pointed out the stats and it was a no-brainer to keep him in the game. I am always pushing team building, but when the opportunity presents itself for a player to have a shot at accomplishing something really great, we are all in behind him.
“We were all cheering him on and I was watching the pitch count rise and he had his last batter up with five pitches left and I almost had to walk behind the dugout, I couldn’t bear it. He struck him out right at 85 pitches. We told him to write his name and date on his ball.
“Little League Baseball does not log regular season statistics, however, the director of media relations recently said the occasion of a perfect game being pitched is very rare. He went on to say striking out 18 batters in a row would be like a golfer hitting three holes-in-one in a row.”