That’s for two reasons. The first is his fastball has plenty of late life, with nice run in on the hands of right-handed hitters. That helps keep a hitter off-balance and the ball from meeting the barrel of the bat.
The second reason, per PN-G head coach Mark Brevell, is that while Leckich may not look like he’s throwing hard, he can actually bring quite a bit of velocity on his fastball. That can sneak up on hitters and knock their timing off just enough, leading to outs.
Notes from another extra-inning affair
Two extra-inning games decided with a walkoff hit? That’s just one of the many reasons why this year’s Mid-County Madness baseball series was so compelling. Here are some other thoughts and stats from two of the most entertaining games in the area this season.
In 23 innings across two games, the two teams combined for just five extra-base hits in 151 total at-bats. Ten different pitchers appeared in the two games with Mitchell Sanderson topping all pitchers with 9 1/3 innings of work.
The two teams combined for 57 strikeouts in those 23 innings. Nine of the 13 pitcher appearances in the series had two or more strikeouts, topped by Nederland’s Carson Raines, who had 11. Both Leckich and Sanderson had 10 strikeouts.
Five batters had two or more hits in a game. Raines had three hits in the second matchup, going 3 for 6 with a double. Raines was 0 for 2 with two walks in the first game. PN-G’s Daniel Mullins combined to get three hits as well between the two games. Mullins was 2 for 5 with an RBI in last Tuesdays game and was 1 for 5 in the first matchup.
Those were just a few of the things that made these two games so great. Suffice it to say that Mid-County Madness lived up to its billing.