grad Brent Lacy is in a very select group. According to research by KSDK Channel 5, Lacy is one of only five players to hit a home run off of Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer when Scherzer played for Parkway Central High School.
Scherzer, who started Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, is a surefire Hall of Famer, with three Cy Young Awards, seven straight All-Star Game appearances and nearly 2,700 strikeouts over his 12-year career in Major League Baseball.
But, on April 20, 2001, Lacy went 3-for-4 against Scherzer and came up only a single short of the cycle. Though, as Lacy points out, Scherzer was only a sophomore then and Lacy was a senior.
I did it in the minor leagues or in college, it would’ve been a little bit
different," Lacy told KSDK when reporter Corey Miller interviewed him on Lafayette's campus Thursday. "He
was still a sophomore with a long way to go when it comes to growth. The
difference between sophomore and senior year is drastic. It’s still fun to talk
Lacy, the Lancers' catcher and leadoff hitter, had another thing going for him that day and the rest of his senior year. He was hitting a spot ahead of David Freese, the future World Series Most Valuable Player with the St. Louis Cardinals.
had an unbelievable career. I played with him since we were little kids. Couldn’t
be more proud of him and what he was able to accomplish," Lacy told KSDK. "On that team, he was
hitting right behind me, so I was going to see good pitches all
Lacy played baseball for two years at the University of Missouri, then finished his college career at the University of Central Missouri before returning to Mizzou to earn his degree. He got to know Scherzer when the former Parkway Central Colt was a junior at Missouri in 2006.
By that time, Scherzer was well on his way to being the pitcher he is today.
such a good guy, free-spirit kind of guy," Lacy said. "He’s excited to play the game. I’ve
enjoyed watching him."