To start things off, sorry its been 2 weeks since my last post, but with school, baseball, and Spring Break, I haven’t had a lot of time to write. The last time I posted a blog we had just swept Florida Southern, and were riding high with our new #2 ranking. Well, we went into a midweek series vs. North Georgia, played awful and got beat both games. We had a chance to redeem ourselves in our GSC opening series vs. Valdosta State, and took the series. I think we were just going threw the motions that week, and since then we’ve been back on track!! We’ve got a 10 game win streak going, but will be tested again this week with a midweek series at Columbus State, and a conference weekend at North Alabama! When deciding who gets to host a regional the voting committee looks at home record and away records… Well, so far our home record is, 20-1, while our away record is 4-3! We have a 11 remaining away games, so it will be extremely important to take care of business so we can achieve the goal we had at the beginning, to HOST a regional!
We were a perfect 9-0 on our home stand. We started with a good Arkansas Tech team, which has a good chance of making the conference tournament. We pitched great, hit great, but the weekend really was all about one thing… Danny Vargas was 1 out away from a PERFECT GAME! It was an unbelievable effort, that was well deserved, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Danny walked a batter, and the next batter got a hit. It was Danny’s second 1 hitter of the year, but when it comes down to the last out, I can imagine there was and still is a bad taste in his mouth. We followed the weekend with a 3 game midweek series vs. Division 1 Mississippi Valley State. This was going to be a big week for our bullpen, because during the midweek series everyone was going to have to be ready! We eventually swept them in 3 games that shouldn’t have been so close, but we’ll take 3 wins any way possible!
This weekend we had another tough test with GSC opponent, West Georgia. They didn’t have a great record coming into the weekend, but in our conference any team can win on any given day! That was shown when a good Valdosta State team took a game from us, despite a losing record.
Tino Award Watchlist players Jason Postill and Dustin Lawley both had great weekends! Jason got his 6th victory (6-0, 1.58, 57k’s) with a great performance, going 8 innings, with 10k’s and 0 walks! Dustin Lawley (.346, 4HR, 29RBI) had a great week that included hitting the longest ball anyone on our team had seen. A hanging curveball shot off his bat, soared into the sky, and BAM, off the lights in left field! He followed up this weekend with another homerun, and went 9-20 this week with 7RBI’s. Ben Hawkins (6-0, 1.13, 44k’s) also had a good outing this weekend. His command was off a little, but he was able to grind out a victory and has really emerged as a dominant starter for this Argonaut team! Danny Vargas (5-1, 3.15, 35k’s) pitched great once again, giving up only 1 run in his 2nd consecutive complete game! Zach North had a great weekend in relief, coming into 3 games and not allowing an earned run. Zach Jadofsky got his first start of his career against Miss Valley and pitched great, going 4.1 innings surrendering only 1 earned run. Rounding out the great pitching performances of the week is Shane Waller (6S,1.64, 19k’s) who recorded 4 saves this week!
Now for the most exciting part of the blog, and the REAL reason why people read it… MY PITCHING UPDATE! (any sarcasm there?) I am pleased to announce that I am doing extremely well! I still haven’t gotten an opportunity to throw in a game yet this year, but the strides I’ve taken during the season have been incredible. Every bullpen I’m throwing now is full of strikes, with all three pitches. I haven’t had a chance to throw in an intersquad game in a while, but I am fully convinced that I am ready to throw against other competition. I have confidence in myself, and I continue to take care of all things that I need to in case my opportunity comes!
I’m attaching another aspect of how the dugout maintains a high level of energy during each game! As many other schools have begun doing the “Love is Gone” fist pump, we jumped on board!
A quick shout out to Michael Johnson and the Samford Bulldogs, who have won 7 of their last 8 games, and are 5-1 in conference!
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