CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – Montgomery Central pitcher Dakoda Kessler has been named Clarksville Now Player of the Week for his play throughout the week of May 9.
The Indians lost in the opening round of their district tournament last Monday. But following the team’s loss, they won two elimination games in a row and earned a bid to be in the district championship and regional tournament. They called upon Kessler to start on the mound during the first elimination game against Creek Wood. The left handed pitcher did not disappoint.
Kessler went on to throw a compete game while only giving up one run. The senior had batters off-balanced throughout the night. Kessler began the game by retiring seven consecutive batters.
He finished the contest with 7 innings pitched, 8 strikeouts, 0 earned runs, 6 hits, 3 walks and a win. Kessler also showcased his ability to pitch in clutch situations. He only allowed one run to score when Creek Wood had runners in scoring position.
“Kessler was on against the Red Hawks,” said Montgomery Central head coach Todd Dunn. “He has devastating off speed pitches, whether it is his curveball or change up. He is more of an old-school pitcher who knows how to manage his pitches in his arsenal.”
Montgomery Central ultimately lost 0-11 against the Greenbrier Bobcats in the district tournament. The Indians look to bounce back as they continue their postseason push.
“Kessler has been our No. 1 starter all year,” said Dunn. “He has a great, outgoing personality but when he steps on the mound he is our most intense competitor. He is the epitome of Montgomery Central baseball. When he is not pitching he is encouraging others on the team. Kessler is a true team player.”
Kessler is the Indians No. 1 starting pitcher for a reason. He has been pitching effectively all season long. Kessler has started nine games for the team and pitched a total of 43.2 innings. He has only allowed fifteen earned runs throughout the 2022 season, which led him to being ranked second on the team with a 2.40 ERA. According to Game Changer, he is also near the top of statistical categories such as strikeouts, WHIP and batting average allowed.
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Kessler has not decided where he will attend college at this point during the year. In addition, he is undecided if he will play baseball at the next level, and is unsure what subject he will study.
Montgomery Central is scheduled to face Central Magnet baseball on Monday, May 16. Kessler has been given the nod to start the game as he looks to earn another key victory.
Coming up: More on Montgomery Central and the outcome of their matchup with Central Magnet.
Christian Brown, sports reporter for Clarksville Now, can be reached at email@example.com or at 931-648-7720.
Clarksville Now Player of the Week