The Keller baseball team has a pitcher who, during the playoffs, hopes he never has to take to the mound.
But Keller was glad Jacob Feret was available when the third and deciding game against Mansfield was played a little over a week ago.
The Indians went on to beat Mansfield 4-1 and advance to the regional round. They were to face Flower Mound last weekend, after the early Memorial Day press deadline.
Feret explained that as the Indians’ third pitcher, he hopes he never needs to throw. He contends – and his teammates will likely agree – that they would prefer to sweep the first two games in a playoff series.
The senior was called into duty, though, after Mansfield evened up the Region I area-round series at a game apiece.
Feret took the mound in a matter-of-fact manner.
“I hadn’t gone till the fourth inning before,” Feret said, assuming he’d pitch about half a game – maybe through the third inning – and be relieved by Keller’s leading reliever, Riley Coover.
In the May 16 Game 3, though, Feret actually had a no-hitter going into the fourth inning and just one hit through five. He would give up just two hits and an unearned run as he pitched a complete game.
Feret said he wasn’t concerned about a no-hitter and admitted he didn’t know what his stats were until after the game was over.
“I was just going inning-by-inning, and I was hitting my spots because that’s how I was getting them out,” Feret said. “I was surprised to go so long into the game. I was able to go the whole way, which is pretty awesome.”
After hearing that he’d be pressed into duty after Mansfield won Game 2, 5-4, Feret didn’t over-think the importance of what lie ahead.
“I had only started two other games. I knew I had to be mentally prepared and try not to freak myself out, and needed to think of it like another game,” he said.
As Keller prepared for Flower Mound, Feret and the remainder of the Indians stuck to their routine of workouts during the week.
Feret said his preparations won’t be impacted by his big win.
“I just work on hitting my spots,” he explained. “I don’t throw fast, but I’ve been hitting locations with my fastball.”
Feret, who’s been playing since T-ball age and pitching since he began kid-pitch competition, said he’s just enjoying his senior season.
“This is the best team I’ve ever been a part of,” Feret said before the series against Flower Mound began. “We’re just trying to get ready for Flower Mound. We know we have a good chance to beat them. We just have to do our jobs.”
Feret gets plenty of practice during workouts in the batting cages with his own teammates, which helps him stay sharp.
“I’ll throw to them once in a while, and they’re all really good hitters,” Feret said. “They can hit the heck out of the ball.”
Feret plans to attend UT Dallas next year and hopes to able to pitch for the strong local program.