My son is 8 y/o and pitched in his first game today in our 10U Rec league. In practice, he has been solid and one of the most accurate pitchers on the team. He has also tended to throw the ball with more velocity. In the game today, he did not do horribly, but he was lofting the ball a lot more than we had ever seen and definitely was not throwing with the velocity he normally has in practice. I spoke with him afterwards and he told me that he was scared that if he threw the ball hard, he wouldn’t be accurate. What ended up happening is he did get the strikes (1 K, 1 Strike out looking) , but he walked two batters as well. When he threw called balls, they were over the plate but high. It seemed apparent that it was because he was lofting the ball. I’ve uploaded video so you can see his mechanics - is there anything I can do to help him get the ball on a straight trajectory, or is it something that will come with time and confidence?
Any input provided would be appreciated.