Streaks beat by Deats
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If you listen to the chatter about the Calvert baseball team, the hot name to watch: Deats, who goes by Pey(ton).
The music heard Wednesday afternoon at “Zip” Zalar Field was the swoosh of the bat and snap of the catcher’s mitt as Calvert freshman Peyton Deats struck out nine and walked just one in a 5-2 victory against Fremont St. Joe.
“Once we got a couple runs on the board, he kind of settled in and he handled it,” Calvert coach Dustin Ritchie said. “He was confident out there.”
Deats (3-0) calmed down after a rough first inning which saw an error, a walk and a single lead to a 1-0 St. Joe lead.
The freshman lefty got into a rhythm after that, getting the next 15 batters in order. St. Joe didn’t reach base again until the seventh when Calvert was in front 5-1.
“The fastball was working good and the defense behind me (was solid),” Deats said. “I kept throwing strikes and relying on my defense to make plays for me.”
A pair of singles to open the seventh inning by Bennett Wickert and Josh Kelbley was the first time the Crimson Streaks (2-5, 1-1 Midland Athletic League) were able to get to Deats since the opening frame.
“Deats did a good job but we were hitting the ball right at them. I don’t know how many struck out. We hit the ball, just not to the right spots,” St. Joe coach Robert George said. “We’re not a very talented team and if we don’t get runners on base, one guy is not going to fix everything. We need to work as a team, and from the second to the sixth inning, that was not around.”
Deats’ performance was backed by some good defense, including a nifty grab by Matt Iannantuono in center field.
“Our defense so far this year has been one of our saving points,” Ritchie said. “When the pitching is lackluster, our defense is picking up. As a freshman who starts every game nervous, I can tell, it helps tremendously.”
The same couldn’t be said of the Steaks’ defense.
“We started off pretty hot but by the second inning, the wheels were coming off,” George said. “We weren’t making plays that we normally make. Routine fly balls, at least in my opinion, weren’t made and that’s really it.”
Some lackluster plays that seemed routine turned into runs for the Senecas (6-1, 1-1).
Austin Prenzlin, who scored the Senecas’ first run in the first inning, drove in Deats in the second and scored along with Iannantuono a batter later on a single by Sam Shelt-Palm. He came around to score himself a few batters later when Austin Perry drove him in to make it 5-1.
Wickert took the loss for the Streaks, giving up five runs, four earned, in two innings of work. He struck out one and walked two. Lucas Michael went the final four innings, striking out three and walking one and giving up just one hit.
“It was closer than what the scoreboard appeared. It really was,” Ritchie said.