bleedCrimson.net: A good weekend for you ballclub picking up the second four-game sweep of the season and you got some kids moving that you had wanted to get going including Wes Starkes who was the WAC Hitter of the Week.
Rocky Ward: Yeah. I wanted him to get going and he must've listened because he was named the Hitter of the Week. That's not exactly what I was expecting but that worked out pretty nice.
Binghamton went to the mound on Friday with the American East pitcher of the year last year and I knew they were pretty decent in their number one and number two guys and they had a couple pretty good arms down in the pen. I expected them to be a pretty good challenge. We were able to get to their number one and as is typical of the first game of a four game series, when the game gets a little out of hand you can't waste any pitching and so they had to go down staff and we were able to put up a 10 spot late in the game that made it look really ugly. It was a pretty good game up until that point. Reid was fabulous again and it was good because he only had to go five innings and we didn't have to extend him and it's always good to give your ace a little bit of an easy day, particularly when he'd thrown a complete game the game before. That worked out nicely.
Overall on the weekend we really swung the bats extraordinarily well. We went with a different defensive set than what we've had with Forney at shortstop and Aguayo moved over to third. We reduced errors over the previous weekend. Neither kid had great defensive weekends but Ryan is pretty comfortable at first base which was a pleasant surprise and Ty played a little bit tight throughout the weekend. He made a couple of errors that he wouldn't normally make. That defensive set really gives us a whole bunch of range in our infield. Hipp already has outstanding range for a second baseman. Forney has plus range as a shortstop and as we said, sometimes the errors are not as predictive of how poorly you played, sometimes it means these guys get to more balls than the others do. Sometimes a clean basehit, a couple balls may turn into errors because they were able to get to it. I like the setup the way it is and we'll continue to work with that. It's made us better at first even though Ryan had a play with Mack on the mound in game two where Tyler threw the ball a little low to him and he didn't handle it. But he's still trying to work his way around the bag with feet position and footwork is kind of really an understated thing for first baseman.
Most people think the first baseman just stands over there and catches the ball. Well yeah, half the plays are that way but the rest of them require quality footwork and positioning in order to handle the different types of throws and he's working his way through that. Continue Reading This Post >>