PLAYER OF THE WEEKMike Kammerer, Limeport
Mike Kammerer enjoys the Friday night lights whether it's as a basketball player at Central Catholic High School or as a pitcher for the Limeport Bulls in the Tri-County League.
Back on March 1, Kammerer scored a career-high 27 points to help CCHS beat Bethlehem Catholic 87-61 for its third straight District 11 3A title.
Precisely 22 Friday nights later, Kammerer shined under the lights again, pitching a four-hitter in Limeport's 1-0 semifinal-clinching win over the Northern Yankees. It was his second win of the series and second consecutive four-hitter.
"He loves the big-time games," Limeport player-manager Mike Cudwadie said. "For him to get two wins in a series like this, at age 18, it's just incredible."
Kammerer, who graduated from CCHS in June and is headed to Kutztown University, loves the competition of the Tri-Co and thrives when the pressure is on the most.
"I do like the big spots," Kammerer said. "I feel confidence in myself and I know my teammates are confident in me to go out and get the job done."
Kammerer, 5-1 with a 0.86 ERA in the regular season, said he was motivated by something he heard during the Blue Mountain/Tri-Co All-Star Game in June. The talk turned to who Tri-Co players wanted to pitch in a do-or-die game.
"The consensus was they'd give the ball to [the Yankees'] Caleb Calarco," Kammerer said. "Well, I begged to differ tonight."