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Applemen beat Keyser

May 17, 2000|By BOB PARASILITI

INWOOD, W.Va. - Zach Collis is the type of guy who relaxes while propping his feet up on a land mine.

In the eyes of Musselman baseball coach Jeff Cunningham, the senior lefthander is fearless. That's why Collis was used in the most calming of situations on Wednesday.

Like with the bases loaded and one out with a two-run lead in the fourth. Collis came on and took the wind out of the Keyser Golden Tornado by shutting them down in the attempted rally and striking out eight in 3 2/3 innings work in a 4-2 Musselman victory to give the Applemen a 1-0 lead in the West Virginia Class AAA Region II Section 1 best-of-3 playoff series.

"Zach has been a find for us the last couple of weeks," Cunningham said. "He's been a starter for most of the season that we moved into a reliever's role the last couple of weeks. He's a strikeout pitcher that we like to use in situation when he can relax."

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Who relaxes in a three-on, one-out situation though? Collis, obviously.

Collis replaced Allan Corbin with the bags full and struck out Eric Melody and got Gerald Mayhew to hit a weak fly to center to retire Keyser's No. 3 and 4 hitters and end the threat.

"I just went out there and fired the ball down the middle of the plate to get strikes," Collis said. "My arm felt great today - the best it felt all year. I don't know why ... I guess it's because it was a sectional game."

Besides the popup to short center, Collis allowed only one other ball - Justin Miller's ground single to right in the seventh - to reach the outfield during his stint. He struck out the side in the seventh to end the game.

Musselman (21-8) won for the ninth time in 10 games with just seven singles, four coming in the four-run first inning. Todd Mosby led off with a first-pitch single off Mayhew, which led to RBI singles by Jason Bozzi and Brandon Combs and a two-run single by Bobby Weatherholtz for all of Musselman's scoring.

Musselman 4, Keyser 2




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Mayhew and Maybury; Corbin, Collis (4) and Hudson. WP-Corbin. LP-Mayhew. S-Collis.

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