Luke Muise, #34, is a pitcher from Yarmouth. The 18-year-old is six feet, four inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. He bats right and throws right.
Luke Muise “pitched a beauty” to hold off the PEI offence and claim the MVP as the Kentville Midget AAA Wildcats claimed their second victory at the Canada Cup.
The Yarmouth pitcher had impressive stats Friday evening, throwing just 26 balls – five balls and 21 strikes – to keep PEI in check and leading Kentville to a 1-0 win.
“I knew we had to win the game and I was ready to do everything I could to help my team. And I ended up pitching one of the best games of my life,” said Muise, who pitched all seven inning, allowing only two hits, to get the win.
The first two innings went quickly, with both teams remaining scoreless.
In the bottom of the third, Falmouth’s Austin Sabean walked to first and then advanced to second on an error by the second baseman. Kentville’s Brady Atwater singled, then stole second and advanced to third on an error by PEI’s shortstop. Sabean stole home to put the Wildcats on the scoresheet in what turned out to be the winning run.
Muise quickly retired three PEI batters, but the Wildcats couldn’t mount much of a defence as Dartmouth’s Jaelin Trider was put out and Kingston’s Alec Armstrong struck out quickly in the bottom of the fourth. Wolfville’s Brett Long, who is batting .333 so far in the tournament, walked to first. Bradley Fuller of White Rock left him stranded, however, as he struck out swinging.
Muise was back on the mound as the top of the fifth inning got underway and allowed two walks, but left them stranded on first and second as he struck out the third PEI player.
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The Wildcats’ offensive play got underway as Hantsport’s Travis Hartt was walked to first. Atwater made it to first, but Hartt was put out on a fielder’s choice. Liverpool’s Wes Harding singled, but Atwater was put out on a fielder’s choice and New Minas’ Mike Boylen was put out on a flyball to left field to end the inning.
Muise was “pitching a beauty,” said Coach Michael Reid, as he took the mound again in the seventh inning, having thrown 18 strikes and just five balls up to that point. The Yarmouth pitcher continued his streak, quickly shutting down the first two PEI batters. A flyball out to right retired the last PEI hitter to win the game for the Wildcats.
Muise was named player of the game.
Kentville will now move on to play the last game in its pool in round robin play at noon on Saturday. Saskatchewan currently has a 3-1 record.
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