There are 23 players on the DGS Varsity baseball team. Out of those players, nine of them are pitchers. Without all of these players out on the field there would be no game, but one of the key components to the team are the pitchers.
At practice, while the rest of the team is working on fielding and hitting, the pitchers work on something different.
DGS Varsity pitching coach Patrick Molinari describes the everyday routine for a pitcher.
“A typical practice day for a pitcher can vary depending on the last time they pitched in a game. Most of the starters have a specific throwing routine they follow throughout the week to get them ready for their next start,” Molinari said. “They also participate in all team defensive drills, as well as even hit ground balls to the infielders if they are needed to. Pitchers also do a lot of running and conditioning. This is an important part to the life of a pitcher to keep their bodies fresh and healthy throughout the long grind of the season.”
During the games each player is focusing on their specific position, but they all have the same goal — to win. Senior Danny Kasher talks about the pressure that is put on a pitcher.
“Pitchers are the center of the game. The game only moves if we move, we have a lot of stress because however well the team does depends on how we do,” Kasher said.
If the position of the player is a P.O. (pitcher only) they have more downtime than any other player. They spend that time working on their technique so when they get called to be put in the game they’re ready.
Senior Peter Hamot explains the determination the pitchers have when pitching in a game.
“We go max effort in every pitch; we try and outsmart the hitters and do whatever we can to help the team,” Hamot said.
Just like every other player on the team, being a pitcher comes with the demanding struggles like soreness and not playing every game and.
“You do a lot more conditioning than the rest of the players. Pitchers typically get only a couple innings a week, and then you sit. If you have a bad game then you have to think about that for awhile until you next opportunity, which in most cases could take a week,” Molinari said.