ORLEANS – If there was any doubt about whether Luke Keaschall would be able to continue the success he experienced last summer with Orleans, the versatile infielder from the University of San Francisco looked right at home in his return to the Firebirds’ lineup during Sunday’s season-opening 4-4 tie with Yarmouth-Dennis.
After batting .321 last season, Keaschall began this summer with a 2 for 3 performance that included a walk and a solo home run.
“In my first at-bat, he threw a lot of sliders, so I was kind of sitting on a slider and getting ready,” Keaschall said of his third-inning homer. “I actually took a fastball that I really regretted at the beginning of the at-bat, but he ended up throwing me a low-and-inside changeup and I just reacted to it.
“It’s always fun putting a good swing on the ball and hitting one out in your first game, but I’m just excited to get the chance to play every day and to keep doing it.”
Orleans manager Kelly Nicholson said Keaschall “should be a big piece” in the Orleans lineup.
“He just competes. He competes every pitch,” Nicholson said. “He probably doesn’t know who he is, but he plays like Pete Rose."
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