LYNWOOD | For Chicago White Sox fan and Playmaker player Larry Crisler, July 23 was a "pitcher" perfect day.
After Sox southpaw Mark Buehrle threw the 18th perfect game in Major League Baseball history against the otherwise high-powered Tampa Bay Rays, Crisler took the mound for the Playmakers 13-and-under team against the Chicago Braves at the Ho-Chunk Baseball Complex.
"I was aware what had happened," Crisler said. "A lot of the guys were talking about it during the game."
That may have did the six-foot, 150-pound righthander a favor. Because while his teammates were talking about Buehrle's gem, Crisler was working on one of his own.
Though he yielded several walks that spoiled his quest for perfection, Crisler pitched a no-hitter while striking out five in seven innings in a 5-0 victory.
This is Crisler's first season with a traveling team. He formerly played town ball with the Gary Youth Baseball League.
His win against the Braves was his first no-hitter.