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Kieschnick puts together superb showing as North Hall advances in baseball playoffs

North Hall’s Kelton Kieschnick pitched a one-hit shutout in the nightcap to wrap up a doubleheader sweep against Appling County in the Class 3A quarterfinals on Wednesday in Baxley. The Trojans scored six runs in the second inning of Game 2 to win, 10-0. North Hall won the first game, 11-2.

With the win, North Hall advances to the semifinals for the third time in program history and will face Pace Academy for another best-of-three series starting with a doubleheader Tuesday in Atlanta. 

“We’re excited and humbled,” North Hall coach Trevor Flow said. “Just trying to soak in the moment.”

Both games of Wednesday’s doubleheader featured stellar pitching by the Trojans, but Flow said every member of the team contributed to the positive result.

“It was a team effort,” he said. “All 1-20 players in the dugout had a part. Seems like we have a new hero every game.”

Jackson Dyer allowed two unearned runs in six innings during the first leg, before Kieschnick’s gem of a Game 2. 

The right-hander threw 68 pitches in seven innings, never needing more than 12 pitches to end a frame.

He faced the minimum number of batters through five innings. After allowing the only hit of the game, his defense turned a double play to wrap up the fifth inning.

“He pitched to contact and just threw strikes,” Flow said.

Compiled by Katherine Wright

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