It’s important to get ahead in the count. It puts the opponent off-balance, it sets up your secondary stuff and it provides you with a greater margin for error.
Certainly, the same can be said for a baseball season.
On Tuesday at Cedar Crest High School, Dalton Reinhart’s good start got the Falcons off on the right foot. The senior southpaw pitched Cedar Crest to a 2-0 victory over Governor Mifflin in their season opener.
Reinhart was on top of his game from the get-go. In his complete-game triumph, he limited the Mustangs to two hits, fanned six and didn’t issue a free pass.
Mixing his pitches well and around the plate all day, Reinhard consistently got ahead in the count. He finished his outing with 94 pitches.
Reinhart carried a no-hitter into the top of the sixth inning, before settling for a two-hitter.
It would seem that the key to the Falcons’ success going forward will be their ability to pitch and play defense.