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April 23, 2013

Special homecoming for Skidmore's Keysor

The Capital Region has become a second home to Jordan Keysor.

The Cadyville native has spent the last three-plus seasons pitching for the Skidmore Thoroughbreds, and in the last two summers, he has taken the mound for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.

But today will be extra special for Keysor as Skidmore hits the road to play Plattsburgh State, giving the senior southpaw a chance to pitch in front of family and friends. The Thoroughbreds have played the Cardinals once during Keysor’s time, and that was in Saratoga.

“I’ve been playing baseball in this area in the last four years in the Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs area, so it does kind of seem like a second home to me,” he said. “But nothing beats this opportunity to come back to my real hometown and play there.”

Keysor, a former All-CVAC pitcher with Saranac, has played an integral role in the Thoroughbreds’ two Liberty League championships over the past three years. As a freshman, Keysor was a setup man on the team’s title run.

Last season, he pitched seven strong innings to lead Skidmore to a win in a playoff elimination game. Two days later, he entered the championship game in the eighth inning as a reliever with two men on and no outs. He induced two pop outs, a groundout and then pitched a scoreless ninth for the save and the title.

“He’ll do whatever you need. He just wants the baseball,” Skidmore coach Ron Plourde said. “Without him, those two championships, I’m not sure they have would have happened.”

Keysor said last season’s championship was his top moment with Skidmore.

“We lost our first game in the tournament, and we rallied to win (four) games in a row,” he said. “In those five days, we were going hotel to hotel, we didn’t have reservations … We fought all the way back.”

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