May 15, 2013 |
With a case of tendinitis in his right elbow, Billy "Moose" Ford had to work his way slowly into Malvern Prep's pitching rotation this season. Also, instead of regularly handling the catching duties, he was made a designated hitter. "It's hard just sitting in the dugout and watching," the senior captain said. "You want to be doing what you usually do. It's an adjustment. " Ford made up for the missed action on Tuesday. With the 6-foot-3, 235-pound righthander notching 10 strikeouts, the visiting Friars downed Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 4-2, and clinched their third straight Inter-Academic League baseball championship.
April 29, 2013 |
Before each game Reading lefthander Jesse Biddle throws to one simulated batter as his final warm-up before taking the mound in the first inning. Biddle didn't do so well in the simulated version on Monday but had much more success in the real event. During Monday's 3-2 win over at Harrisburg, Biddle pitched seven shutout innings of one-hit ball. He struck out 16 and had a perfect game until walking a batter with one out in the seventh inning. "Before the game I always throw a simulated hitter to get myself in game mode and on Monday I walked the simulated hitter on four pitches," Biddle said.
May 27, 2012 |
The rainouts for some high school baseball teams on Monday and Tuesday actually might be a good thing for preserving arms. The NJSIAA pitching rules appear to be lenient. For instance, under the rules, a pitcher can throw up to 10 innings on a Monday and up to 10 innings on a Friday. While this is an extreme example, the fact is that a pitcher can throw 20 innings within five days. Is that very stringent? One of the rules states that if a pitcher throws more than five innings, he must have three full days of rest.
April 5, 2013 |
ATLANTA - It is an obituary nobody wants to write, and only Roy Halladay can prevent it from being written. He forced us all to sharpen our pencils Wednesday night. If the question before this start was whether Halladay would be closer to his vintage self now that the games count, it is now this: If he isn't going to be that pitcher again, can he learn how to be effective in a different way? The guess here is that the answer will turn out to be yes. Halladay is just too competitive, too dedicated to his craft to be daunted by this challenge.
May 2, 2013 |
"That stinkin' curveball. " The comment came from a frustrated Archbishop Carroll supporter after Archbishop Wood's Scott Boches had recorded one of his seven strikeouts late in Tuesday's Catholic League Blue Division baseball game. The senior righthander mostly kept the host Patriots guessing with his tricky curveball, and with the aid of three home runs in a small ballpark, the Vikings triumphed, 7-3, in Radnor. "It's really been my 'out' pitch this season," Boches said.
April 4, 2012 |
Archbishop Carroll relied on the strong arm of Eric McGough and a late, fortunate bounce to edge host Lansdale Catholic, 5-4, in Wednesday afternoon's Catholic League baseball matchup. McGough didn't allow a hit in six innings, but was removed before the seventh as his pitch count totaled 93 and Carroll held a 5-1 lead. In the absence of the junior hurler, Lansdale stormed back with three runs and loaded the bases with two outs. Rick DiDominico's wild pitch bounced off the back stop and was recovered by catcher Dan Santoleri, who fired back to DiDominico for the game-ending out at home plate.
June 14, 2009 |
A hard-hit liner back to the mound in the bottom of the seventh inning knocked Eric Ruth to the ground. But the pitching ace quickly popped up, gathered his fallen cap, and continued, more determined than ever, to go about finishing what he had started. Down by 3-0, with one out and runners on first and second, Parkland would score a run and briefly threaten North Penn's once-comfortable advantage. But Ruth, as he had done throughout the season, doused the flame in never-a-doubt fashion.
May 29, 2010 |
For those lucky enough to still be involved in the state baseball tournament, there are two games left to win in order to earn that always coveted state title. That could also mean two more games for one pitcher to start. The way the NJSIAA pitching rules are set up, a pitcher could pitch in Tuesday's public school state semifinals or Non-Public sectional final and then also throw in Saturday's state championship game. At this time of year when others are looking at the strengths and weakness of state title contenders, it might be a better idea to examine the NJSIAA pitching rules.
May 30, 2010 |
For those lucky enough to still be involved in the state baseball tournament, two games are left to win in order to earn the state title. That could also mean two more games for one pitcher to start. The way the NJSIAA pitching rules are set up, a pitcher could pitch in Tuesday's public school state semifinals or non-public sectional final and then also throw in Saturday's state championship game. At this time of year, when others are looking at the strengths and weaknesses of state title contenders, it might be a better idea to examine the NJSIAA pitching rules.
May 7, 2010
I SPENT A LOT of time yesterday sifting through the detritus of 62 years to uncover one shining moment that put a high luster on the fabulous baseball career and exemplary life of Robin Roberts. The last Sunday of the 1950 season is the obvious choice. The Phillies' great righthander was making his third start in the final 5 days of a campaign where the Dodgers relentlessly reeled in Eddie Sawyer's young and depleted ballclub like a fisherman about to land a minnow with a pole rigged for marlin.