The marquee pitching matchup between MacArthur's Adam Heidenfelder and Port Washington's Bryce Keller did not materialize Monday but Heidenfelder held up his end of the bargain in the Generals' 10-0 win over the Vikings in Nassau AA-III baseball.
A week after striking out 17 batters in six innings, Heidenfelder was again splendid, striking out 11 in six innings and allowing only two hits.
"I felt great right from the start and my defense really picked me up in the first inning," Heidenfelder said. "I'm not used to getting hit that much in the first inning but they definitely picked me up."
MacArthur (10-2) scored four in the second inning to open up a 5-0 lead. The rally began with a two-out triple by Heidenfelder. Brandon Kustek followed with a walk and a stolen base and Sean Carey drove in both with a double. Two batters later, Anthony DeNunzio had an RBI single and another runner scored on the play because of an errant throw from leftfield.
After MacArthur scored two more in the third inning, Kevin Curtis completed the scoring with a three-run home run in the fourth.
"I was just looking for a pitch to hit after striking out twice and I finally found it and got a nice piece and drove it over the fence in rightfield," Curtis said. "Adam is our best pitcher and he spots up and gets the job done and it helps us a bunch."
The Vikings (6-6) threatened in the third after putting runners at second and third with only one out. But Heidenfelder was able to strike out three and four hitters Nick Duarte and Keller to get out of the jam.
"That's what you have to do if you're going to be a top quality pitcher -- command several pitches and be able to use them when you need them," Costello said.
Without their ace on the mound -- Port Washington coach Matt Holzer said Keller was "nicked up" and day-to-day and hoped to see him pitch later in the series -- the Vikings weren't able to keep up with Heidenfelder.
The scouts who came to see the big junior got to see not only his overpowering fastball that was routinely clocked in the high 80s but also his ability to pitch out of jams.
"It's definitely different seeing them all back there but once you step on the mound, you phase it all out and you just have to pitch like it's a regular game and nobody is there," Heidenfelder said. "That's really all you can do -- just pitch like a regular game and [as if] they're not there and do the best you can."