Fifteen up. Fifteen down.
Ian Frizelle, member of the Knik Little League Orioles, pitched a perfect game against minor division foe the Rangers on June 5. Frizelle threw 56 pitches, striking out 12 of 15 batters through five innings.
Frizelle, who finished the 13-game regular season 6-0, has been stellar all year, Orioles’ head coach Jeff Foglesong said.
“He’s one of those players — he’s just above everyone else,” Foglesong said. “Ian was a big factor for us only losing one game all season.”
Frizelle credited his fellow Orioles for making his perfect game possible.
“I couldn’t have done it without my team,” he said.
“Our infield helped us protect his perfect game,” he said. “He knew his defense had his back.”
For his accomplishment, Frizelle and the rest of the Orioles were honored prior to the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks’ second game of a doubleheader with the Mat-Su Miners on Friday, June 29 at Loretta French Park.
Frizelle was presented with a blue Knik Little League hoodie with his name printed on the back and the words “perfect game” down one of the sleeves. Foglesong also gave Frizelle a framed scorecard from the 4-0 win.
Frizelle’s performance was sweetened by notching a victory over the Ranges, Foglesong said.
“They’re kind of our rivals,” he said.
Frizelle, who turned 11 four days prior to his perfect game, battled to keep his nerves under control in the final inning.
“I was just trying to stay focused,” he said. “I just want to get the out.”
Frizelle said he breathed a sigh of relief when he retired the final Rangers’ batter.
Foglesong said he’ll never forget that game or the Orioles’ 2012 season.
“It had the biggest impact on me yet in five years of coaching,” he said. “All of them have heart.”
Frizelle’s commitment to baseball is unparalleled, Foglesong said, and he’s constantly honing his skills with his father.
“He just has a love for the game,” Foglesong said. “He believes in practice makes perfect.”
Apparently, it does.
Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727.