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Heath pitching well for Knights

Deunte Heath got another chance to start recently and this time things work out quite well for the Covington native.

The right-handed pitcher, who graduated from Newton High School and is in his eighth season of professional baseball, Monday won for the second time in 2014 pitching for the Triple A Charlotte Knights (Chicago Whitesox) of the International League.

Heath tossed five innings of one-run ball in the Knights’ 4-2 win over the Columbus Clippers, which followed a loss to the Rochester Red Wings June 4 where he allowed five earned runs in just three innings of work. Monday was a different story as the 28-year old struck out seven in picking up his second victory of the season. He also pitched five innings in a 9-1 victory over the Durham Bulls on April 23.

Heath, originally a 2003 draft pick of the New York Mets out of Newton, got a call-up from the Whitesox in 2012 and last season and has pitched in 9 2/3 innings at the Major League level. So far this summer, he’s compiled a 2.75 ERA (12 earned runs in 39 1/3 innings pitched) and 41 strikeouts in 17 games for Charlotte.

The 79 pitches Heath threw against Columbus was the most the 6-4, 240-pound right-hander has tossed in a single outing since a 68-pitch effort in August, 2012, according to baseball-reference.com.