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Frommeyer strikes out 11 in Mustangs' win

By Daniel Paulling dpaulling@paducahsun.com

McCracken County senior Preston Frommeyer spent his high school career at Lone Oak as an outfielder, but he's performed well this season in his new role as pitcher.

The right-hander threw a two-hit complete game in an 11-0 road win against Paducah Tilghman on Wednesday. He struck out 11 of the 18 batters he faced in the mercy-ruled six-inning game.

"It brings a big smile to my face," the 6-foot, 170-pounder said.

Frommeyer has had the velocity to be a strong pitcher - his fastball clocks in the mid-80s - but needed to develop his curveball and vulcan changeup to be a good starting pitcher.

"In the offseason, we had to work on some offspeed pitches for him," Mustangs coach Geno Miller said. "Even in high school, (just throwing a fastball is) going to last one or two times through the lineup. He's getting better and better every time he goes out."

It's difficult to see how Frommeyer can improve upon Wednesday's performance, but he pointed to the fourth and fifth innings when his control slipped.

Blue Tornado catcher Aaron Armstrong led off the fourth with a one-out walk but was thrown out at home on a hard-hit double by teammate Jeremiah White. Frommeyer then walked Miles Butler before ending the inning with a strikeout.

Frommeyer allowed consecutive two-out walks in the fifth but escaped with another strikeout.

The hiccup, he says, resulted from releasing the ball too early in his delivery.

"He still has to work on his adjustments," Miller said. "I'm just proud of him because he gutted it out and got out of the inning."

The Mustangs (11-4) cruised offensively after scoring eight unearned runs on four Blue Tornado errors. Three of those came in a four-run fourth and five in a six-run fifth.

"After we made a couple of mistakes, we mentally checked out," Blue Tornado coach Chris Johnson said.

The Mustangs scored their first four runs in the fourth as Blue Tornado starting pitcher Nick Underhill, who took the loss after allowing five runs (two earned) over five innings, struggled with his command. He walked the bases loaded with two outs and walked home a run.

Frommeyer then laced a line drive to right-center field, leading to an error by Blue Tornado center fielder Nathan Hawkins that allowed three runs to score.

With two outs in the sixth, Mustangs center fielder Daniel Seitzinger lined a ball to right field, but Mustangs right fielder Travis Crouch committed an error on what could've been the final out.

Mustangs right fielder Dylan Humphrey's ensuing three-run double set up the 10-run mercy rule.

"We just got some hits in some good spots," Miller said. "We knew this was going to be a big game. It was a big atmosphere. To get separation, that was big."

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McCracken County 000 416 11 8 0

Paducah Tilghman 000 000 0 2 4

Preston Frommeyer and Issac Linberry; Jacob Underhill, Miles Butler (6) and Aaron Armstrong.

WP: Frommeyer. LP: Underhill

2B: MC-Nathan Williams, Dylan Humphrey, Reid Pope; PT-Jeremiah White. 3B: none. HR: none. Top hitters: MC-Williams 3-3, Frommeyer 2-3 (RBI); PT-White 1-3.

Call Daniel Paulling, a Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8662, or follow on Twitter @DanielPaulling.

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