|By Jeff Johnson, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Where was the love, man?
A group that included former Chicago Cubs General Manager
Yet it was Daniels, a soft-tossing sort who honestly has no shot at playing in the big leagues, was the star of his team's 5-0 Metro Baseball Tournament semifinal win. A somewhat disputed one-out infield hit forced him to "settle" for a measly one-hit shutout that moves Kennedy to Tuesday night's
They play a preceding semifinal at 5.
"I wasn't worried about (Keller)," Daniels said. "I was just trying to get our team to the championship."
Which he did with his arm and wheels. Daniels beat out a routine grounder to shortstop to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning, went to second on a groundout, stole third and scurried home on another groundout.
That was the only run against Keller, the
Daniels struck out just four, but
"That's an error, easily," Jacobus said.
"If I'm the hitter, I'm thinking that's a hit," said a diplomatic Kennedy Coach
Daniels seemed OK with the call.
"I mean, Jacobus, he's gotta come up with that ball," he said completely and utterly tongue in cheek.
Keller, meanwhile, said he was fairly pleased with his 94-pitch outing. He gave up four hits, including three in the third inning when Daniels was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a two-out single, walked two and struck out six.
The MLB Draft is
He said he has tentative plans to travel to
"I've been talking to teams, and they've kind of been asking 'Will you sign here, there?'" he said. "So come draft day, once I hear my name, I'll pretty much already know (what's going to happen). We'll pretty much have a deal done right when they call my name."
In Monday's other games at
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