TOWAMENCIN >> Firing his two-seam fastball right where he wanted it, David Keller threw five scoreless, no-hit innings for Christopher Dock on Friday, locking down an 11-0 mercy-rule victory over non-league foe Calvary Baptist.
“Once I got into a groove,” said Keller, who had eight strikeouts in the win, “I got loose and it really started working for me.”
Keller’s right arm was the perfect complement to an offense that knew its way around the base paths. Dock plated four runs in the first off Warrior starter Michael Vandame, with Tyler Alderfer providing the biggest shot of the inning with a double to center.
After allowing a couple walks in Calvary’s first at-bat, Keller settled into his groove and never left it, at one point retiring eight in a row.
“He threw pretty well,” said Dock coach Ed Melendez, who liked how Keller performed with runners on base. “We knew last summer that he’s a kid that could be a pretty good asset for us.”
The sophomore closed things out in commanding fashion, striking out the final two batters of the contest to send both teams indoors before the storm came.
“I feel like I’m fitting in a little more and knowing my role on the team,” Keller said of this spring, during which he’s raised his fastball to about 83 miles per hour. “(A win like this) loosens up some of the tensions. Hopefully we can come out Monday (at home against Pottsgrove) and get another one.”
With Keller in control, Dock (3-0) added to its lead in the third and fourth, as leadoff man Tim DiLoreto had a two-run single and Nolan Bolton also drove in a run.
Calvary’s Zach Oberholzer reached base both times he was up, drawing two of Calvary’s four walks. For the Warriors (0-2), defending champions of the Atlantic Coast Christian Athletic Conference, Friday provided a chance to go against a perennial Bicentennial Athletic League power before the Warriors move to the BAL next spring.
“I’m not happy about getting 10-runned, but what I’m happy about is that these guys are competing — they’re not giving up,” coach Micah McClay said. “They’re giving it everything they have. We’re starting fresh as a program and looking to build from here.”
Calvary Baptist is in action again on Monday, on the road at Calvary Christian.