|By Alex Mcnamee, Effingham Daily News, Ill.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Midgets head coach
"We didn't know what we were going to get from him, but we knew he was the right man for the right situation," Gericke said. "I would chalk that one up to his best of the year."
The only run Pinkston gave up was unearned when Shoes designated hitter
Pinkston only gave up three hits, including two to Shoes pitcher
"We ran up against somebody who was able to do that against us -- a kid with a lot of off-speed and a pretty live fastball," Fleener said.
Pinkston kept the Shoes' hitters off balance by limiting fastballs to only about one-quarter of his pitches, Gericke said, and locating his tricky off-speed the rest of the time.
Gericke said good-hitting teams, like the Shoes, often cash in by hitting fastballs. An off-balanced team tends to make weaker contact when they meet bat to ball.
The same was the case on the last out of the game, a soft fly ball to center fielder Derrick Rozcyke to start the Midgets' on-field celebration.
"I was jacked out of my mind," Pinkston said.
Pinkston and Niemerg took a pitching duel into the seventh inning, tied 1-1. Shortstop
Midgets designated hitter
Gericke said Dill, a sophomore, was called up to the varsity team in the middle of the season.
Dill muscled off a pitch on the hands for an opposite field blooper, scoring Yung from second base for the game-winning run -- a hit true to Fleener's scouting report.
"He liked to move runners and he liked to spray the ball to right field," Fleener said. "We had
This only heightened the pressure Pinkston felt standing on the mound.
"It made the emotion part worse," Pinkston said. "I had to figure out how to keep (the ball) down even more, settle down and throw the next pitch."
Pinkston worked around a Niemerg single, striking out