Littleton’s Kasey Ricard pitches second career perfect game – Lowell Sun

Kasey Ricard wasn’t just dominating on the mound. She was absolutely perfect, again.
The Littleton High senior tossed her second career perfect game, in a brilliant 6-0 pitching performance over Northbridge in the CMass Quarterfinals, May 25. With the win, the reigning Mid-Wach-B League Champions (9-1) improve its overall mark to 15-2, as they head to semifinal play against Tyngsboro or Clinton, Friday.
A Boston University-bound senior, Ricard improved to 9-1, with a microscopic 0.35 earned run average. She has surrendered just one walk all season, while striking out a mind-boggling 159 in 64 innings.
According to Littleton Athletic Director Mike Lynn, Ricard is a top-rated talent.
“We haven’t been pitching a lot of full games with her,” said Lynn. “If we did, she’d probably have a lot more of these. I’ve been at Littleton High School for 21-years, I’ve never seen anything like Kasey pitching on the mound. She’s the real deal.”
The Middies got all the offense it would ultimately need in the first inning, as senior tri-captain Hannah Cochran blasted a two-run homer. The slick-fielding third baseman wasn’t finished, connecting on a solo round-tripper in the third, giving her teammate plenty of breathing room.
Ricard took it from there. The hard-throwing right hander baffled Northbridge batters holding them hitless, allowing no walks, while striking out 17, including the first 14 hitters she faced.
“It was pretty dominating,” said Littleton Coach John Abruzzese, who knew something special was in the air as early as the second inning. “Northbridge has some real high average hitters in its lineup. One of them, Shannon Timmons, has one of the highest averages in all of Central Mass. this year. We knew when Kasey got through the first six batters we were going to be in pretty good shape, because she just dominated them right from the start.”
This wasn’t Ricard’s first-time dealing pitching perfection. The upperclassmen tossed her first perfect game her junior year in a game against Lunenburg.
“The difference between this game and the Lunenburg game is nobody touched the ball for the first four innings of play,” said Abruzzese. “In the Lunenburg game I think there were some bunts, and some balls in play, but in this one she was just overpowering the first four innings, nobody was coming close to hitting her.”
Ricard and Littleton move on and will either travel to Tyngsboro, or host Clinton on Friday, in semifinal action.

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