Okay, I have been pitching for 4 or 5 years now, and I have a variety of pitches. For my age group atleast. I’m 15, and I’m going to be a sophomore in high school this next school year. The year before, in 8th grade, I was an all-conference player and I led my team to state with my pitching. I’m an exceptional batter as well, but that’s besides the point. I throw a 4-Seam, 2-Seam, 12-6 Curve, Slider, and I’m starting to form a Circle Change-Up. My fastballs have great movement, and my cruves rarely hang. The Change-up is still in the works, but I seem to throw it in the dirt a lot… I’ve never been clocked-in, to see how fast I throw; however, I’ve had multiple long-time umpires tell me that on a good day I threw in the high 80’s.
My problem RIGHT NOW is that I cannot get back into pitching. I missed an entire year of pitching because I had a problem called Ulnar Neuritis. I actually just pitched last night for the first time in a year. I didn’t pitch last fall, during the winter, or this spring. Over the winter, I went in and out to the specialists and therapy 3 times a week. I couldn’t work out in the off-season, and with my arm hurting AND my coach being who he is, I didn’t pitch any my freshman year. Right now my arm is fine. It’s just that I can’t stay in the game long enough because I haven’t been able to work on pitching a whole lot this past year.
Last night, I pitched 3 innings. I shut the other team out in the first and second innings. The score was stuck at 0-0, being our first game of the summer season. The lead-off batter in the third came up and I gave up the first hit of the game as he sent one right back up the middle on a 1-2 count. Then from there on out, they got 4 more hits, I walked 5 batters, and I hit some leftie. Like I said, in the first two innings, I had been doing fine. My pitches had great movement, and my curve wasn’t hanging. I had felt confident until they got those first few hits, then I just lost it. Being someone who has been out for so long, what can I do to regain my strength and confidence when I step on the hill?