Christian Keller hit three home runs over the right field fence in three at-bats and knocked in eight runs in Grand Ledge’s 15-0 win over Okemos on Monday afternoon.
Then the senior added three singles in four at-bats during the Comets’ 11-3 victory that completed a CAAC Blue doubleheader sweep of the Chiefs.
“We worked on hitting to the right side all last week,” Keller said. “Coach really emphasized on hitting oppo (to the opposite field). I just took what he said, and applied it on the field.”
Only a great fielding play by Okemos pitcher Andrew Cone on a hot shot up the middle during the sixth inning kept Keller from going a perfect 7-for-7 at the plate for Grand Ledge, which improved to 9-3 overall and 4-0 in the league.
“It felt more like the first of April than the end of April, but obviously that didn’t affect his swings today,” Comets coach Pat O’Keefe said.
Nate Langenfeld also hit a home run over the right field fence to make it 2-0 in the second game, and Brennan Cummings knocked in Keller with another homer two batters later to put the Comets ahead 4-0 after the first inning.
Langenfeld was a combined 4-for-5 with a double and the home run in the two games.
Keefer Johnson went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and three RBIs in the opener.
“(Johnson and Langenfeld in the batting order) are our first and second spot,” O’Keefe said. “As seniors, we expect a lot out of them along with Christian in the four spot. We’re happy that those two guys came through in a big doubleheader.”
Tyler Trierweiler also went 2-for-3, and pitcher Nick Kamrada improved to 4-0 in the opener, which ended in the bottom of the third inning when pinch hitter Austin Leven knocked in the last two Grand Ledge runs.
“It took us 3-5 innings to show up today,” said Okemos coach Phil Magsig, whose team slipped to 6-4 overall and 2-2 in the CAAC Blue. “One of the things we’re really working on is the mental part of the game. I think we’re physical enough.”
The Chiefs scored three runs, but twice could have cut into five-run deficits. They loaded the bases before a double play and a strikeout ended the fourth and fifth innings of the second game.
Sam Davison, who picked up the victory on the mound for the Comets, knocked in the last three runs of the second game in the bottom of the sixth inning.
“We were a lot more aggressive at the plate, and hitting the ball a lot harder today,” Keller said.
“At times, we’ve played really well,” O’Keefe said. “At times, we’ve shown some mistakes. We’ve had a couple of games where errors have been an issue.”
Grand Ledge committed just one error on Monday.