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Keill does it all for Warhawks

Senior sparks Seminole to a 7-6 win over East Lake.

By ERIC MUSKATEVC
Published April 1, 2005


SEMINOLE - Shawn Keill finished what he started Thursday night. The Seminole senior pulled the Warhawks out of an early funk with his bat, shut down East Lake from the mound in the seventh inning and came home head first for Seminole's winning run to shock East Lake 7-6.

"Keill just has ice in his veins. I mean nothing gets to him," first-year Seminole coach Rob Francis said.

East Lake starting pitcher Brett Foley cruised through the first two innings while the Eagles were hot and capitalized on Seminole miscues. Drew Turnier drew a leadoff walk from Seminole's Billy Falasco and came home for the game's first run on Mike Papa's double in the first inning. With two outs, Franco Strazzeri singled and brought in Papa. Evan Huegal followed with a walk and crossed home when Matt Gracie reached on error. After another error-produced run in the second inning, East Lake (9-5) led 5-0 entering the bottom of the third inning.

Keill knocked a three-run double for Seminole in the third, bringing in Louis Neary, Nick Stanley and Kyle Brunette (all reached on walks). Adam Chappie's sacrifice in the fourth cut East Lake's lead to 5-4, where it stood until the sixth inning.

Terry Brinker relieved Falasco (one strikeout, four walks) to start the fifth and gave up an insurance run in the sixth. Huegal ripped a double to lead off and came home on Seminole's fifth error.

Down two runs, Seminole (10-1) tied it when Neary scored on a bad throw to first base during Chappie's at-bat, and when Ryan Reilly followed with the tying double to score Chappie off Travis McSweeney who replaced Foley (52/3 innings, two strikeouts, four walks) in the fifth. Both teams left two on base in the inning.

Keill (1-0, five saves) replaced Brinker to start the seventh and struck out two. In Seminole's side of the inning, Keill led off with a single. He took second base on an error, third on a wild pitch, and when Neary squared around for a bunt with two outs and the score still tied, McSweeney's pitch hit the dirt just long enough for Keill to come sliding home to win it.