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Baseball, Sport News | February 8, 2014

Hawk Baseball is Rounding 2nd Base

 

Outfielder Junior Cody Powell

Outfielder Junior Cody Powell

 

Time to do some prognosticating with some baseballs.

First item is going over what you have to replace from last year’s every day players.

 Name              GP   PA  AB  R  H  1b  2b 3b HR RBI BB SO  AVE
 Michael Brady     28  101  75  9 31  23  7  1  0  18  19  7 .413
 Travis Walker     28   96  77 10 16  12  3  0  1   8  14  6 .208
 Logan Felch       18   59  49 10  9   3  4  1  1  11   6  8 .184
 Daniel Camarillo  23   84  75 14 18  14  2  2  0   8   4 11 .240
 Kyler Huff        23   66  55 13 17  12  1  4  0  11   9 10 .309

Only Brady and Huff finished with a better batting average compared to their previous years.

Baseball has a way of doing that many times to players. Major League Baseball players have slumps for a longer period of time or games than what a High School Team will have scheduled for a season.

So, no fault in thinking that these players did not play up to their potential when looking at their body of work for two to three years.

Averages of those same players above when you don’t use stats from their senior season.

 Name                AB   R   H  BI  2b  3b  HR  BB  SO   Ave.  Remarks
 Travis Walker      195  55  64  36  16   1  5   25  28  .328   Played Varsity 4 yrs
 Logan Felch        135  26  39  32  10   0  5   22  27  .288   Had some power hits
 Daniel Camarillo   103  23  34   5   4   1  0   13  25  .330   1bs turned 2bs with SB
 Total              433 104 137  73  30   2 10   60  80  .316

Now you can see how some slumps played into those players on offense. Those same numbers did not translate to their fielding and pitching.

Look how Brady and Huff had improved batting coming into their senior campaign.

 Name               AB   R   H  BI  2b  3b  HR  BB  SO   Ave.
 Michael Brady     109  22  36  20   6   0   0  28  37  .330
 Kyler Huff        106  25  19  14   5   2   0  21  35  .179
 Total             215  47  55  34  11   2   0  49  72  .256

Yes,  The ReSporter knows that is a lot of numbers, but especially in baseball numbers  can tell you so much about why whatever happened on any given situation to help you improve and deduce a reason for that season.

Three players that slumped and two players that improved drastically on previous years. Of course, this does not take into account how these players impacted the game in the field as pitchers, catchers, infield and outfield players.

Canyon Lake will have players making a jump from Juniors to Seniors and knowing how the crystalball will turn into a baseball can only be told when this season draws to a close.

T. J. Jones has been used exclusively in the infield these past three years and what could change this season would be seeing Jones taking more swings than usual. Watch this development in games before district starts and you might get an idea of some offensive skills.Where Jones is valuable without question is in his defensive playing. All-District Second Baseman last year is testament on how this Hawk team will be anchored by this young man.

J. J. Nance came into his on last year with stellar play in the outfield and Right Field can only get better with another year of growth and leadership.

Look at Nance’s improvement at the plate last year and if he can turn in similar numbers, then this has a chance of helping CL improve their stance in the standings.

Nance worked himself into the leadoff spot in the batting order and that aspect might have been based more on his ability to work more walks than his batting average. The better average certainly did not hurt in that endeavor, tho.

                             AB   R   H  BI  2b  3b  HR   BB   SO   Ave.
 JJ Nance  2013 Season       58  14  17   7   0   1   0   10    8  .293
           Previous Season   59   2   6   7   0   0   0    8   21  .102

Ryan Hutcheson was a pleasant surprise for last year’s team as he had some good outings on the pitching mound and that position would be a good anchor for this year’s club in finding a player, Coach Dunavant, can rely on each week when district play starts.

Hutcheson’s batting average had similarities to Nance in his first year on Varsity two years ago. The difference? has to be his 11 RBI’s on those 10 hits which gives you an indication of his clutch hitting.

On the pitching mound Hutcheson had some good games when he wasn’t struggling with control and when he lost the strike zone then trouble was not far behind.

However, Hutcheson did hold Navarro scoreless on his last start and also had an abbreviated no hitter early in the season which did not go the seven innings. Both games had a pitcher with pin point control and a game in the win column.

Hutcheson’s four wins last season has only been topped by Cody Breest (11) and Ross Wagliardo (5) for all time victories for pitchers.

Peyton Sipila was another diamond in the rough when Coach Dunavant stumbled upon a player that was not signed up to play before games started last year, but when the season begin, Sipila was in attendance.

Sipila shored up an infield spot and finished with a .298 batting average. A contact hitter that only struck out nine times last year which translates to once every seven at bats.

Canyon Lake had several players with a low rate of strikeouts per at bat.

 name                  plate appearances    strikeouts    PA per K     Yr. Graduated
 Ryan Hutcheson            56                   5           11.2           Senior
 Corey Shedrock            52                   5           10.4           Junior
 Travis Walker            311                  34            9.1           2013
 Garrett Winters           89                  12            7.4           Junior
 Peyton Sipila             63                   7            7.0           Senior
 Joe Shone                144                  22            6.5           2010
 Nick Cahill               44                   7            6.3           Junior
 Logan Felch              212                  35            6.1           2013
 T. J. Jones               22                   4            5.5           Senior
 Cody Breest              141                  28            5.4           2012
 Daniel Camarillo         195                  36            5.4           2013
 Michael Brady            232                  44            5.3           2013
 Drew Riccio              165                  32            5.2           2010
 Jeff Nabors              177                  34            5.2           2011
 Ross Wagliardo           158                  28            4.8           2010
 Cody Powell               91                  19            4.8           Junior
 J. J. Nance              135                  29            4.7           Senior
 Tyler Vinson              84                  18            4.7           Junior
 Zach Jenkins             142                  31            4.6           2011
 Kyler Huff               191                  45            4.2           2013
 Forrest Koeppen          125                  31            4.0           2010
 Dylan Adams               58                  15            3.9           2012
 Logan Chappell            66                  20            3.3           2010
 Daulton Winters          179                  60            2.9           2011

Anything over 6.0 would be doable for a batter in high school and you can see by the chart above the Hawks have five players that would make that mark playing this season.

The ReSporter will delve deeper into the Juniors and Junior Varsity in the next issue.