(WMC-TV) – The Mid-South is cheering for a former Houston High School baseball player, who pitched a perfect game.
A former mid-southerner stepped into major league history playing for the San Francisco Giants Wednesday night.
Social media is buzzing and baseball fans cannot stop talking about him. Baseball writers are saying the game versus the Houston Astros was the greatest game ever pitched.
The pitcher holding the ball – Matt Cain.
Cain's parents were watching from their Somerville home as Matt took the mound Wednesday night.
"Probably around the third inning or so we started to get a little nervous," said Dolores Cain, Matt's mother.
By the ninth inning, he had retired every batter he faced.
Wednesday night's game is only the 22nd perfect game ever pitched in Major League Baseball history.
As teammates doused him in champagne, the ballpark gave him a standing ovation.
"Crying. We were crying. Both of us," said Dolores.
Cain's high school coach Lane McCarter kept plenty of photos from his Houston High School baseball career.
"In high school he got so close to a no-hitter at least four or five times his senior year, but he never got one," said McCarter.
Now the baseball building supports signed snapshots, a wall of fame, and a retired jersey.
"You know, you want all your player, former players, to be successful in life. And what he's done is simply amazing," said McCarter.
But even without these accomplishments and even if his game had not been perfect, his parents said they would feel no different.
"I am proud of him. I love him," said Dolores.
Cain's no-hitter is the first perfect game in the Giants' 130 year history.