WCL Alum Tosses Perfect Game for UW

Junior right-handed pitcher Joe DeMers of University of Washington tossed a perfect game at Husky Ballpark vs. UC Riverside of the Big West Conference on Saturday, Feb. 24.

It was only the 5th perfect game thrown in Pac-12 history.

DeMers struck out 9 in UW’s 8-0 win over the Highlanders in the first game of an afternoon doubleheader.

Joe pitched for the Walla Walla Sweets in 2015 going 1-1 with a 2.07 ERA over 12 appearances, 3 starts and 30.1 innings pitched. It was his first taste of collegiate play before starting his career at Washington. He earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors last spring as a sophomore as the righty from Martinez, California went 6-3 with a 3.35 ERA.


The West Coast League (WCL) is the premier summer collegiate baseball league west of the Mississippi. The 14-year-old, 11-team, professionally operated wood-bat league located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest showcases pro prospects from major conferences across the nation June through August. Out west, the league features an unparalleled history of memorable fan and player experiences and the best summer weather in North America. 83 players with WCL experience were selected in the MLB 2017 June draft. 271 WCL alums appeared or were active in affiliated professional baseball in 2017 including 31 in the major leagues, such as 2015 home-run leader Chris Davis (Baltimore); record-breaking rookie slugger Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia); rising star pitchers James Paxton (Seattle) and Matt Boyd (Detroit); and outfielder Mitch Haniger (Seattle). Overall member attendance was 412,392 this past summer, an increase of 8.6% in total attendance.