Well after reading all these logs for the past couple of months i’ve been inspired to start one that i can hopefully update almost everyday kinda like lbarber’s. Hopefully it’ll be a way to keep me motivated, recount my days, and go back in a year and see how i’ve progressed! :lol: well anyway i guess i’ll tell you all about myself to get started…p.s. i think this might be a long first post so here’s the waiver so i can’t get sued
anyway my name is joel i just turned 17 i am 5’10.5" 163 lbs. i live in small springfield, new jersey and will be a senior in september at our local high school Jonathan Dayton High School. There’s about 600 kids and we are classified as Group 1 out of 4 for athletics. I guess i’ll tell you about our baseball program. Ummm we were never really good until my freshman year. I was on jv but our varsity team was the best we had ever been. We made the county final and sectional final (3 wins away from a state championship). We lost both of those games but it was a fun ride for everybody and inspired me to help us get back to that position my next 3 years with the program.
Anyway, freshman year on jv we were really good we went 14-5 i believe. I pitched some pretty big games for us and won a couple lost some but overall i made a name for myself in our program and was a great learning experience to start high school baseball. I worked on some things and made varsity as a sophomore as the “closer” and third starter. (I closed a couple important games out) That year was probably the biggest learning experience of my life in baseball where i learned how to actually pitch and experience the best and worst moment so far in baseball. It was also probably the most heart breaking year i’ve had as we lost our two win or go home games on walk offs. I never had an overpowering fastball and didn’t really need it as i really only pitched 2 or 3 innings against the good teams we played and could use my off-speed for the decent teams that i started against. My best moments came against the eventual county champions in a regular season game as i came in as we were down by 3 i believe in the 6th and got one of their good hitters to ground out to end the inning. I then came back for the 7th and actually struck out 4 kids in an inning which was incredible to do against such a great team. I then came up to plate down by 2 i believe and singled for my first varsity hit ever :lol: although we lost the game it was a great feeling to do so well. We eventually faced them in the county quarterfinals and lost on a walk-off home run after leading the whole game and committing two errors in the last inning. My worst moment came in our first round state game where i was brought in in the 8th inning of a tied game. I went 1-2-3 in the eighth and we took the lead in the top of the 9th. The inning is basically a blur but to make it short i basically hit a kid with a curveball to bring in the game winning run and i was devestated. I felt so bad for all the seniors i let down by blowing their final game ever. Anyway, that motivated me for next season, although it was basically a disaster. We went 5-16 and were just awful. I was pretty bad pitching although i had 12 strikeouts one game against one of our rivals (they are decent though :? ) anyway after last season i am totally motivated to bring our baseball program back to the way we were my freshman year.
Well this is getting very long so i guess i’ll just state my goals for now until next season. (In no particular order)
- Definitely gain velocity via mechanic work, various methods to improve arm strength (i believe arm strength is one of the keys because i feel mine is okay at best) and tuff cuff
- Work on my attitude (I am a very emotional guy and can get upset when errors are made and/or i am getting hit very hard. I believe working on my attitude is a key to my success this year)
- Control (I really need to hit spots and keep the ball low. I have a tendency to leave the ball over the plate and with my velocity i can get hit very hard)
- Balance my life (It’s gonna be a crazy year for me. I’m entering my senior year meaning i need to find out where to go to college and fill out applications. I will also need to find time to work out all my baseball activites, work for some money and of course not lose my grades as i am taking 3 AP courses this year. I will also need to find room for my friends as they mean a lot for me.)
Well guys this is probably the longest post in history so i’ll let you guys go. It’ll be interesting to see how it all goes this year and fun to see if i achieved my goals. Any comments, concerns, questions, opinions, observations, tips, etc. are greatly welcomes as they will spice up the log
well i’m off for now hehe update later on how my workout today went