Jacob Stevens , Owen Batchelder take “Grit” Award honors

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Northborough, Mass. — It was the first of four Area Code Baseball Training Camps and the New England Baseball Complex was the first to host these new camps. Ninety-eight players from the Northeast attended the one day camp and had a day filled with testing, training and competing.

The day started with players going through the 60-yard, pro agility shuttle, rotational power ball toss and the vertical jump. Bat exit speed and grip strength were also part of the testing.

From there players went through a training session with Eric Cressey of Cressey Performance. Then they went through a batting practice session, defensive position work and ended with a simulated game.

The pitchers had their own workout. From throwing a quick pen to work on mechanics to PFPs, the pitchers worked hard all day. One arm, who was awarded the “Grit” award for his attitude and work ethic at the camp was Owen Batchelder, a sophomore out of Sauhegan (Amherst, N.H.). The 6-foot-2, 185 pound lefty did everything the coaches asked of him and didn’t slow down as the day went on.

When asked what he could work on in the off-season, Batchelder responded, “For the PFPs, when coach (Matt) Blake was hitting ground balls down the first base line, for lefties especially coming around the ball instead of coming at it from a sharp angle.”

This was important for him because in a tournament he had the same type of play in a game and did not execute it properly. “I over threw the ball on a play like that in a playoff game.” Which made it a key learning moment for the sophomore.

The other “Grit” award in the pitchers’ group went to senior Jacob Stevens out of Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford, Conn.). The 6-foot-3, 220 pound righty plays for the New England Ruffnecks and works with one of the camp pitching coaches, Matt Blake.

“I thought it was a good idea to see what it was about,” Stevens remarked on why he attended the camp. “You get to know what is important about your form and technique, everything that goes into playing the game.”

Outfielder, Liam Scafariello out of Southington (Conn.) High School took home “Grit” honors for the position players. The senior was one of two recipients of it. The other was sophomore Connor Hamilton from Adirondack Central (N.Y.) School.

“I think it went pretty well,” said Scafariello of his day at the camp.

When asked what he learned to day and what he needed to work on he replied, “As an infielder I need to stay down and not stand up.”

The training session made an impression on Scafariello as well. “The band work and ab work,” he noted as take-a-ways at the camp.  He said he liked the band work because he felt himself getting stronger and thought it would help improve his flexibility.

For these players the off-season is time to wind down their fall schedules and work on getting ready for next spring. With the camp in the Northeast complete, it is off to Houston in November.

For more information on the Area Code Baseball Training Camps, click here.

-courtesy Area Code Baseball Training Camps


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