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“My pitch count is right around 75, so I came out exactly at 75,” Keeley said. “It was a little tough for me because I wanted to finish this game. By far, this is my best outing of the year. I’ve been really inconsistent since coming back from Tommy John surgery. Some days I can pick corners, some days I can’t. [Saturday] everything was working for me and I was spinning it good. I felt pretty good about this performance and was happy to get the win.”
His teammates and coaches felt pretty good about the win, too. If Keeley can build upon his outing, the Tigers (14-12, 8-10) could be a formidable opponent in the playoffs.
Wheaton Warrenville South senior catcher Mike Kowalczyk, who scored two runs in the win, said Keeley’s performance was his best in years. Kowalczyk said he’s been catching Keeley for several years. He acknowledged it was hard watching Keeley sit out last season.