Andrew Kemmerer stands about 5-foot-6 and isn’t exactly a burly fellow, to put it nicely. So the concern in the dugout was understood as his pitch count climbed on Tuesday.
“I kept asking him if he needed to come out,” Arlington baseball coach Darrell Flynn said. “He just looked at me like, ‘Coach, yeah. I’m fine!’”
So the righthander remained and after a career-high 120 pitches, he finally was spent. But so was John Jay High School.
Kemmerer allowed two hits and no earned runs in a complete game, leading Arlington in a 4-2 win over the rival Patriots.
“I usually don’t throw guys over 100 pitches, but he’s been with me for three years and I trust him,” Flynn said of the senior, who made his first start. “When he tells me his arm is OK, I believe him.”
His performance left little room for doubt. Kemmerer masterfully used his deep repertoire — changeup, curveball, four-seam fastball, cutter and two-seamer — to confound hitters. A runner reached third with no outs in the seventh inning, but Kemmerer stranded him to end the game.
A.J. Ramputi went 2 for 3 with a double for the Admirals (8-1). Linwood Burke scored on an error to give Arlington a 3-2 lead in the fourth. Burke scored again on an error in the fifth to create the margin.
“Before this, he’d thrown only five innings this season,” Flynn said of Kemmerer, a converted reliever. “We wanted to get him more innings, so we decided to start him. We figured he could go five.”
And then some.
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