Wow! I’ve gotten so much positive feedback from everyone that has read my first blog, and I thank everyone for that! The purpose of my first blog was to let everyone know who I am, what I’m about, and what I intend to blog about. This time I’ll give a little background about the fall, and the preview of the 2011 baseball season.
A little about my fall and then the teams. I started the fall being able to be effective off the mound. In my opinion, all the little things about pitching are the most difficult to learn, for example, pick-offs, holding runners, fielding bunts, signs, even down to which way to turn off the mound when a runner takes off early! It was definitely overwhelming to say the least. The funny thing about it was all the new guys knew that it was my 4th year here, and were looking for me to help them with pitching.. I had to remind them that I knew nothing, I was basically starting from scratch. When I pitched in the Arizona Collegiate Baseball League in Tempe, AZ over the summer, there wasn’t a lot of situational hitting, so I didn’t get a lot of live situations with fielding bunts. I did however, pick a couple people off, which was exciting. Once the fall progressed I started to become a mental disaster. I think a lot of my problem was trying to be “too good”. Our coach uses the phrase, “don’t be so fine”, which means don’t try to make a perfect pitch EVERY pitch. I was trying to hit corners with every pitch instead aiming in the middle and letting the sidearm action work for itself. This created problems with throwing strikes consistently. Now to the off-speed… I throw a change-up and slider, the change-up is hard to get on top of, and the slider is hard to get out front and get consistent break. Overall, I have trouble throwing strikes consistently. After one time pitching in an inter-squad game, I walked a few people and just started losing confidence in myself. I’m still working hard in the bullpen, and hopefully will be getting some more innings during practice.
Now on to the rest of the team.. We have a great core of returning guys, including four All-GSC first team sele ctions: pitchers Daniel Vargas-Vila and Zach North, catcher Tyler Hastings, and Dustin Lawley who played third base last year and is moving to center field. Senior right fielder Greg Pron was a second team selection, along with RHP Jason Postill. Also back for the Argos is designated hitter Zach Taylor and shortstop Brandon Brewer.
We were able to fill all of our needs from the seniors that left last year with Taye Larry playing left field, Jos h Huggins filling in at third base, and Kenny Stalls at first. Returner and roommate Justin Bennett and transfer Leo Lamarche will be filling the void left by All-South Region second baseman Kyle Brown, who is now a graduate assistant with the team. We have also added Pat Cottrell to the coaching staff. He played at UWF in 03′-04′ before being drafted by the Tampa Rays and making it to Advanced Single A.
The team is looking to repeat as GSC East Division champions, win the GSC Tournament for the first time since 2007, and host an NCAA regional. With the new reduction of games in DII baseball to 50 from 56, there will be little room for error! As we found out la st year in our regional seeding, every game counts! This year our conference schedule has been increased to 21 games, and we will have to play 6 games against division foes Valdosta State and West Alabama. We start our season at home on February 1st with Montevallo, and then will travel to Orlando, FL to face regional opponent Rollins College. The season is getting very close, and we still all have A LOT of work to do. For all the northern followers, you guys may have snow that is keeping you inside, but we are forced to get our practices in when its been in the high 30′s.. which for the South Florida boy, is not normal weather for me!
I want to take this chance to let everyone know that I made a new email to have my followers write me questions about anything they ca n think of and I will post the top 2 questions each week! I think it will be a nother cool way to keep people interested in not only my story and how my progression in pitching is going, but just the grind of college baseball in general. The email is PhilipEbertuwf@yahoo.com.
Also, you can follow me on twitter at @ Phillybert36
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I’ll end my 2nd blog with my FAVORITE quote of all time: “Impossible is a word only found in the dictionary of a fool” Take a deep breath and let that all sink in!!!
Thank you everyone for all of your interest in this blog!