Kammerer breaks Tri-County records in three playoff starts
It's not a rarity to see a high school player play in the Tri-County Baseball League.
But in a league composed of mostly collegiate players and players beyond that level, Mike Kammerer, a recent graduate of Central Catholic High School, has already posted a spectacular career in the Tri-County ranks.
In this his third season with the Limeport Bulls, Kammerer put together one of the all-time greatest seasons for a pitcher in league history. To go along with an 8-1 record on the mound, his 0.57 ERA is the tied for the lowest for any pitcher ever in Tri-County, a record that was set in the late 1980s.
"It's a great league and there's been a lot of great pitchers that have gone through there," said Kammerer. "To be up there at the top, it's a great honor."
In 61 innings of work, Kammerer allowed just 39 hits, 16 walks, and fiver earned runs. He posted a .89 WHIP and struck out 57 batters.
He allowed just one earned run in three playoff games, and his Game 5 win over the Northern Yankees in the semifinals dethroned the defending champs and advanced the Bulls to the title series.
Kammerer pitched in Game 3 against Gabelsville in that championship series, but closing out the Yankees is certainly a memory that'll stick with him forever.
"To beat those guys for a second time - they won back-to-back championships - it was a great feeling," said Kammerer. "All of the guys had confidence in me that I had the ball. It was definitely a night to remember."
One of Kammerer's biggest influences on not only his Tri-County days, but on his entire baseball career in general, has been his friend Adam Maini of Macungie. Maini, who pitched at Emmaus High School and Kutztown University, is also a pitcher on the Bulls. He started helping Kammerer with his pitching mechanics during his high school years. Now, for the last three years during Tri-County, Maini has continued to provide Kammerer with useful advice.
"I've known him throughout high school, and I followed his career at Kutztown where he did really well," said Kammerer. "Sure enough we meet up on the Tri-County team, and he keeps working with me more. Now I'm going to his alma mater in Kutztown, too, to pitch under the same head coach he had. It's amazing how things come around like that."
Kammerer got his opportunity with the Bulls after Maini and former Salisbury High School and East Stroudsburg University pitcher Brian Ernst recommended the him in his sophomore year of high school. That decision certainly paid off for the Bulls, as Kammerer decided to take the route of Tri-County rather than legion baseball.
"It wasn't like a no-brainer, but I was pretty sold on Tri-County," said Kammerer. "It seemed like a better league for me personally. Right away I thought that would be the best thing for me to do. Guys like Brian Ernst and Adam Maini, they kept working with me and helping me. I was in a good position to be able to throw a lot, and as a pitcher that's the most important thing for you."
Now a member of the Kutztown University baseball team, Kammerer has his focus on the upcoming collegiate season. Practice is just getting underway for the upcoming campaign, and Kammerer is excited about the opportunity of joining the Golden Bears.