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  • Anderson sophomore Joe Leeming is 4-0 this season as a starting pitcher for the Titans and has allowed only five walks and 15 hits so far. Recently, he's pitched two consecutive complete-game shutouts for the Titans. Photo gallery by Frank Wladyslawski

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Heading into the 2014 season, Anderson Coach Dave Fast knew he had a special baseball player with sophomore Joe Leeming.

At the same time, however, exactly where on the diamond Leeming would best showcase his talents was a big question mark. On the roster this season he’s listed a pitcher, catcher, infielder and outfielder for the Titans.

Now 4-0 as a starter on the mound, with a 0.78 ERA and 19 strikeouts, he seems to have provided an answer for the coaching staff.

“We didn’t know what to expect out of him,” said Fast. “We knew we liked him, we knew baseball is really important to him and he loves baseball and he was going to be a part of our team, be we didn’t know exactly what role that would end up being.”

The last time Leeming yielded an earned run was almost a month ago and in 23 innings of work this season he’s only allowed five walks and 15 hits.

Most recently, he tossed his second consecutive complete-game shutout in a 4-0 victory against first-place Roosevelt on Monday, a performance that followed up a 7-0 win last Wednesday against Melvindale, another Downriver League foe.

Fast said that Leeming isn’t overpowering on the mound, but he has a knack for being around the plate and throwing the right pitches at the right time.

“I think he’s really a ‘pitcher’ and not a ‘thrower,’” Fast said. “He just really knows how to get people out.”

In the battle with the Bears on Monday, Leeming was perfect through the first 5.1 innings before finally giving up a sixth-inning walk and later a hit.

In his last two outings, he’s struck out a combined 14 batters and allowed just seven hits and two free passes.

When not on the hill this season, the sophomore has primarily played in the outfield and as of Monday night was hitting .343 in 40 plate appearances, with four RBIs, seven runs scored and four walks.

“He’s just a really great kid, a solid kid,” Fast Said. “A kid that you know exactly what (you’re) going to get when you throw him into any position.”

The secret to Leeming’s success, Fast said, has been his strong work ethic and his ability to stay level-headed both on and off the field.

“He such a consistent kid,” Fast said. “The way he conducts himself, his demeanor, all of that lends itself to his consistency in his performance.”

Last Updated: 5/5/2014 11:28:54 PM EST