CENTRAL POINT -- It's not possible to enter a state title game hotter than Crater pitcher Larson Kindreich, who came into Saturday's state title game with a 36 2/3 straight hitless innings streak. He lost that streak two batters into the state title game, but he tossed a complete-game shutout while striking out 14 to deliver the Comets their first state title in 11 years.
Kindreich faced bases loaded jams twice and escaped without giving up a single run both times.
"Unbelievable numbers, unbelievable talent, unbelievable will to win," Crater head coach Jay Campbell said, "When the going gets tough, he just gets tougher.”
“He’s a robot. We call him ‘Cyborg’," teammate Trae Frodge adds.
In the playoffs, Kindreich pitched 16 2/3 innings without allowing a run and he struck out 38 opposing batters. His season ERA fell to 0.65 for the season. When asked how he was able to put together such an historic run?
“To be honest, I don’t know if I could really tell you," Kindreich said minutes after the state title win.
After some thought, Kindreich is able to explain his success a little further, "It’s just pounding the zone, executing my pitches. Ike and I have been working great together.”
He gives the credit to his teammates for their resolve. They were no hit through the first five innings of the state title game and didn't lay down.
“A lot of teams will give up, not getting hits through five or six innings, but these guys didn’t. You saw it through the whole postseason run," Kindreich said, "They just never gave up. It didn’t matter what happened.”
Now the Comets have the hardware to show for their hard work. Plus, they have the memory of one of the hottest pitching performances in the history of the state.