- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 18, 2024

A Little Leaguer threw a perfect game Wednesday in a 1-0 victory in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

As opposed to pro and college baseball games that typically go nine innings, Little League contests last only six. To achieve a perfect game, a pitcher must get all opposing batters out.

Tyler Fabiano, 12, of the Cardinals struck out 16 of the 18 Royal batters, who managed to make contact with the ball only twice. 

“They didn’t really swing, so they made my job a lot easier. They were right down the middle. They just didn’t swing,” Tyler, a three-year member of the league, explained to Boston CBS affiliate WBZ-TV.

One of Tyler’s coaches described him as low maintenance.

“He was just up there like Cool Hand Luke. Not a care in the world, just throwing them right down the pipe, strike, strike, strike, strike. He was just like, it’s nothing, just like he’s eating a bowl of cereal,” Cardinals assistant coach Mike Viselli said.

The rest of the kids playing also recognized Tyler’s feat of sports excellence, with a couple even asking after the game if they could have his autograph, per a video of the end of the game posted by Wakefield Little League on Facebook.

The MLB has had just 24 perfect games in its entire history. The last one came last June, when Domingo German of the New York Yankees retired all 27 batters for the A’s in Oakland, California.

• Brad Matthews can be reached at bmatthews@washingtontimes.com.

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