I had a little league coach that taught us to step straight back from the plate to avoid an inside pitch. Turning your back to the ball does nothing but make a bigger target and you lose sight of the field and ball. The guy was a genius. I was never hit by a pitch that I wanted to avoid all the way through high school. Mason, for whatever reason, would never bail backwards. He had the lowest batting average and highest on base percentage his freshman and sophomore years... most of those bases were earned with a bruise. I’ve never seen a kid hit by so many pitches. Idiot would just stand there flat footed and take it to the ribs. Teach him to go straight back if it’s a pitch to avoid.
Red, I'm glad he wasn't hurt, just scared. I dont know the answer but I am glad to read Brock comments about just stepping straight back. That's how I was taught and how I have been teaching them this year. It only makes sense for the least amount of movement and in 5he most efficient manner. Hopefully it's a short lived fear.
Dustin, damn dude, that's wrong but I laughed like crazy!
Are they throwing curveballs, sliders yet? Could make for some interesting ABs if so.
Interesting to hear the step out approach, wonder if that would lead to a bunch of swings pulling off the ball if afraid of getting hit? I was taught to tuck the head, turn shoulders, and drop the bat head to take the free base
Either way gets the job done just gotta find the way that is most comfortable and leads to the most confidence.
I found a couple YouTube videos on the subject, sorry to beat a dead horse if the issue has been resolved:
(they have some fluff but include some useful tips)
Progress tonight. He ground out sharply to second base and struck out swinging twice. I'll take that. They lost 5-4. He did make some great plays in the field. He was pissed all way home but I talked to him about staying focused in the field and encouraging teammates. I didnt realize it, but 12 of the 14 kids on the team, including greyson, will still be in this age group next year. I kinda wondered why we were so much smaller than damn near every other team
Tys 10u team dropped to 3-6 with another loss that slipped through their fingers, 12-11, in the last at bat last night. I couldn't be happier with the continued aggressive batting and results, 2 games in a row now, and how they played defensively. Game was decided by just a handful of missed opportunities to maintain the lead. We had 2 of our pitchers out due to the game being moved from Thurs. to Friday.
Ty pitched lights out and struck out 6 that faced him with one walk. He's throwing hard when needed and is learning to back off when a strike is needed. I am really really enjoying taking him to the top of the "pissed off" bell curve and holding him there and watching him perform under pressure. Sure I take him too far sometimes and he gets upset, but performance under pressure and controlling emotion is something I'm hoping he can learn as early as possible and I feel he's at that time to start. He went 1-3 batting with a HBP, single, pop out.
Busy day yesterday for Allen and his high school team. Allen took the mound in the first game and pitched a shutout complete 7 inning game, winning 6-0.
The second and final game was for the district title and Allen played 2nd for the game. The Algonac Muskrats just couldn’t catch up and ended up losing 4-8 against the team they beat twice in the regular season.
Final stats for him pitching 6 wins, 2 losses and 2 saves, 63.2 innings pitched, ERA 1.759 and WHIP 1.099. Batting average was .205, fielding percentage .954 with 76 put outs.
Our Tuesday game got washed out. Had an away game yesterday. We won 3-1. Greyson had 2 walks and a strikeout at the plate. He played 3B, SS, and 2B. I only remember him getting a popup hit to him which he caught. No grounders.
Makeup game tonight. We won 2-1. He played 3B the first 2 innings with no action. He pitched the next 2 innings and was dealing. He struck out 6 of the 7 batters. The lone runner hit one off the end of the bat to the third base side and it died halfway to 3rd with no throw. He played SS last 2 innings. He knocked down a grounder up the middle, and recovered in time to gun the runner down. It had the crowd cheering.
He only got up twice. First AB he fouled off 3 pitches and struck out on a full count pitch in the dirt. He walked on 5 pitches his last AB