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Nick Compton new king of the hill as Keystone beats North Ridgeville

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    Keystone's pitcher Nick Compton (2) throws during a game against North Ridgeville on Tuesday, July 23.

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    North Ridgeville's pitcher Zach Cabell (15) throws during a game against Keystone on Tuesday, July 23.

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    Keystone's shortstop Brant Mitchell (1) back hands a ball during a game against North Ridgeville on Tuesday, July 23.

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    Keystone's third baseman Dillon Becknap (36) fields a ground ball during a game against North Ridgeville on Tuesday, July 23.

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    Keystone's shortstop Brant Mitchell (1) throws to make an out during a game against North Ridgeville on Tuesday, July 23.

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    North Ridgeville's first baseman Trent Miller (7) fields a ball during a game against Keystone on Tuesday, July 23.

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    North Ridgeville's catcher Michael Flinchart (18) tags out Keystone's Kyler Yusko (3) out at home plate on Tuesday, July 23.

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    Keystone's second baseman Justin Bowen (19) secures the ball as North Ridgeville's Trent Miller (7) slides safely into second base on Tuesday, July 23.

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PENFIELD -- Sometimes you just don’t know what you’ll get.

Southpaw Nick Compton didn’t pitch all that much for Keystone this past baseball season and the senior-to-be didn’t see any action on the mound for his summer team.

None of that mattered Tuesday night.

Compton worked four scoreless innings, striking out five and walking just one, to lead Keystone to a 9-1 win over North Ridgeville in the opener of the Amherst Summer Baseball Classic at Penfield Community Park.

Oh, and he had a pair of hits, too.

“I’m not much of a pitcher as of now,” Compton said with a shrug. “Just going out there early and finding the zone, getting strikes early and then flipping the off-speed in there.”

Nothing to it.

“He’s going to be a senior this year,” said Keystone coach Bert Fitzgerald. “He threw more innings as a sophomore than he did as a junior. It’s just one of those things, you know, how it worked out. He doesn’t throw for a summer team so leading into our season, we expect him to be throwing for us on the hill. He’s going to be our leader. He’s going to be our guy.”

Keystone scored in the second inning on a Kyler Yusko single, a hit batter (Nathen Prunty), a fielder’s choice and an error on Dillon Belknap’s ground ball and that may have been all Compton needed.

The Wildcats added three in the fourth and batted around in the fifth in putting the game away with five runs.

Avery Blankenship drove in one in the third and Gage Knepper drove in two more with base hits. Yusko’s two-run double fueled the fifth-inning rally where Keystone took advantage of two more hit batters and a couple of walks. Rocky Houston’s single drove in one run while Knepper and Nathan Archer were credited with RBIs thanks to some poor pitching by the Rangers.

North Ridgeville’s lone run came in the sixth when Ryan Stefancin scored on a wild throw. Stefancin had one of the Rangers’ five hits. Tyler Runyon, Daniel Yonts, Noah Gryzensky and Bryce Howell had the others.

“We have some underclassmen who need to get their work in,” said Timo Quintana, the Rangers’ acting manager with coach Matt Ponting on a family vacation. “This is the perfect time to do it. It’s a great opportunity and our thanks to Amherst for doing this. We just wanted to make sure everybody got to play, move people around.”

Joseph Gaughan and Belknap worked the final two innings for Keystone.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who can really play,” Compton said. “We’re going to be a team that other people are not going to want to play. We plan to win a lot of games next year.”

Contact Tim Gebhardt at (440) 329-7135 or at timothygeb@msn.com.

Keystone 9, North Ridgeville 1

North Ridgeville Keystone

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Stefancin 2 1 1 0 Archer 3 0 0 1

Roy 1 0 0 0 Mitchell 2 0 1 0

Miller 3 0 0 0 Rodachy 1 0 0 0

Gryzensky 2 0 1 0 Compton 3 0 2 0

Cabell 2 0 0 0 Barrish 0 1 0 0

Kisel 3 0 0 0 Timmey 1 1 0 0

Matta 2 0 0 0 Gaughan 4 1 1 0

Howell 2 0 1 0 Yusko 2 0 2 2

Rowe 3 0 0 0 Davies 0 1 0 0

Runyon 2 0 1 0 Prunty 2 2 0 0

Yonts 1 0 1 0 Houston 3 2 1 1

Quintana 3 0 0 0 Blankenship 2 1 1 1

Peregord 1 0 0 0 Belknap 3 0 0 0

Romito 1 0 0 0 Bowen 1 0 0 0

Flinchart 1 0 0 0 Knepper 1 0 1 3

Totals 29 1 5 0 Totals 28 9 9 8

No.Ridge 000 001 0 —1 5 3

Keystone 010 350 X —9 9 2

2B—Compton, Yusko. SB—Stefancin, Miller. CS—Romito. LOB—North Ridgeville 9, Keystone 10.

IP H R ER BB SO

No.Ridgeville

Cabell (L) 3 3 1 0 0 4

Romito 1 3 3 3 2 1

Runyon 1/3 3 5 4 1 1

Stano 2/3 0 0 0 0 2

Howell 1 0 0 0 2 2

Keystone

Compton (W) 4 3 0 0 1 5

Gaughan 1 1 1 0 1 1

Belknap 1 1 0 0 0 0

WP—Cabell, Runyon, Howell. HBP—Prunty (by Cabell), Blankenship, Knepper (by Knepper), Flinchart, Cabell (by Compton), Stefancin (by Gaughan).



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