One's a power right-hander. The other's a crafty southpaw.
Together, they form one of the most effective pitching tandems coach Chad Parkerson's had during his tenure at Thomas County Central.
Kyle Riley and Kris Lee are key reasons the Yellow Jackets are this weekend's Class AAAA first-round playoff series against Greenbrier. Both are why the Yellow Jackets could play spoiler against the top-ranked team in the state.
"Collectively, while we've had some really, really good players and really, really good pitchers to come through here — Gary Smith comes to mind, Tyler Wooten, Josh Gobble, Oki Teo was pretty strong, too — collectively, starting pitcher wise, this is one of the better 1-2 punches that I've had since I've been here," Parkerson said. "I kind of classify them as big game pitchers.
"Kris going up and beating Whitewater last year was huge. Riley, in this last series, Warner Robins is a very good offensive team, and he went complete-game shutout. The next day, before we started, I said, 'Hey man, can you give me three outs if I need you?' He just said, 'Oh yeah.' He was begging for it in the latter innings."
Riley, a power right-hander, also mowed down Bainbridge's offense in the regular season. With home field on the line in the upcoming Region 1 playoffs, Riley allowed just one hit and fanned nine in a 5-0 victory.
"We had to win those, too," Parkerson said. "That's what you want. You want the guys that aren't afraid of the moment and want the ball in their hands."
For full details, see Friday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.