April 15, 2014 | 666 views
No-hitter for East Meadow's Kavanagh
On a normal day, a pitcher throwing balls in the dirt would seem to be a bad thing. But the way junior Brian Kavanagh was dealing for East Meadow, that was exactly the plan.
With a fastball topping out in the mid-80s, Kavanagh’s low breaking balls proved to be the perfect out pitch April 10 in the Conference AA-II baseball series finale against Baldwin. He struck out nine Bruins on the way to a no-hitter, the Jets’ first since 2009, in a 7-0 victory.
“He was throwing about 84 miles an hour and his breaking ball was unhittable,” coach Ken Sicoli said.
While batters had trouble locating the breaking ball, senior catcher Jonny Keicher was all over every swing and miss that ended up low. He secured the game’s final two putouts on throws to first base following a strikeout. “He blocks everything,” Sicoli said. “He’s a great defensive player and the pitchers have confidence [he’ll get the ball] if they throw it in the dirt.”
The only batter to reach base was via a hit by pitch in the sixth inning, and sophomore third baseman Zach Fritz turned in the game’s lone web gem by bare-handing a slow roller down the line in the first inning and throwing the runner out at first.