Parkville's Jacob overpowers Kenwood, 3-0

Spring sports

May 02, 2007|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Watching Parkville's Kevin Jacob pitch, it's obvious why Georgia Tech gave him a baseball scholarship.

He's a loose and fluid 6-foot-5, 215-pound right-hander with long arms and command of three pitches - a fastball in the 88-91 mph range, a curve and a nasty slider.

That's what visiting Kenwood saw yesterday in a 3-0 loss to Jacob and the No. 10 Knights (12-3).

Jacob (6-1), who lowered his ERA to 0.36, lost a bid for his first no-hitter with one out in the seventh. He struck out a career-high 16 (for 81 in 39 innings) and didn't walk a batter on 93 pitches.

Charlie Myers lined a single into right field with one out in the top of the seventh for Kenwood's first hit. He advanced to third on two wild pitches but was stranded as Jacob struck out the side for the third time in the game.

"I was disappointed I didn't get the no-hitter, never had one in high school, but I got the win and that's all I care about," said Jacob.

"I had a decent slider, about average."

His "decent slider" had all the Bluebirds (9-5) fishing and had such a sharp dip that on five of his strikeouts, catcher Joel Detweiler didn't handle it cleanly and had to throw to first or tag the runner.

Junior Larry Hicks (3-1) pitched well in defeat. Hicks gave up three hits, struck out nine and walked three on 92 pitches.

PAT O'MALLEY

Boys lacrosse

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