Players win ballgames, but numbers never lie
The GC baseball team is on pace for a record-breaking PBC number. The team batting average is .375 on the season, an impressive number that is on track to shatter the previous record of .358 set by the Bobcats last year.
“Breaking the record was not talked about, discussed or researched,” said head coach Jason Eller. “We just put together a lineup that grinds out at bats, learns how to battle with two strikes and executes early and late in the count.”
The top four players leading the conference in batting average are all Bobcats. Garrett Green leads the Bobcats in batting average hitting .470.
With the lingering possibility of breaking their own record, Eller was ecstatic.
“Honestly, I look at the numbers because I’m excited about it,” Eller said. “Ultimately, it doesn’t help us win games, but it helps us score runs, and we will continue to aim to hit at a high average.”
Along with their hot hitting, the Bobcats offer impressive pitching. GC ranks third in the PBC for the lowest ERA.
Senior right-handed pitcher Charlie Hecht leads the Bobcats in ERA at 1.46 and eight wins.
“We have great starting pitching that has laid a foundation for us to win,” Eller said.
Besides the starting pitching by Hecht, junior relief pitcher Bradley Cammack has accumulated seven wins of his own. Cammack is thorough with his pitching and weightlifting program and sticks to his routine to maintain focus and success.
“Charlie [Hecht] has a lot to do with my own success,” Cammack said. “He sets the tone, and when he comes out of the game, every batter he has faced is frustrated.”
Eller preaches routine and preparation to the team as well as keeping a focused approach. Players also attribute their success to the personable coaching staff, who they can talk to anytime.
“Coach Belcher is the reason were so good on the mound,” Cammack said. “He does his homework and knows exactly what pitch to throw to certain guys, and he preps us well every week.”
Analytics and data don’t have a large impact on the Bobcats; it’s more about the matchups. GC’s deep roster and diverse playing strengths enable the coaching staff to shift the lineup based on the matchup.
“I focus more on the preparation and the mental mindset of the team rather than the analytics,” Eller said. “The numbers don’t show up to play the games.”
Whether the team needs a player who can hit velocity, a lead off base runner or a low strike zone hitter who can matchup with the side arm pitchers, GC has a guy for the situation.
“We have an awesome history here, so when our players come out, they expect to win because of the tradition of the program,” Eller said. “We have outstanding seniors who provide leadership and motivation.”
Although the statistics are impressive, and breaking the record is something for fans to keep their eyes on, the Bobcats try not to focus on the numbers. Instead, they do whatever is necessary to win.