By Bengie Molina
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Jacques Barzun famously urged, "Whoever desires to be aware of the center and brain of the United States had higher examine baseball . .. " much less famous, even though, is the remainder of his admonition: ". .. and do it via staring at first a few highschool and small city groups. "
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With his teammates having staked him to a two-run lead in the top of the ﬁrst inning, Scheppers took full advantage. He noticed dozens of radar guns rising to clock the speed of each pitch he delivered, but not much else diverted his attention. The Bulldog standout set the To reros down without a hit in the ﬁrst inning. Scheppers settled into a rhythm, and the hitless trend continued. After each of the next three innings, the Bulldogs’ emerging ace would slowly walk from mound to dugout as the scorekeeper wrote another zero in the University of San Diego’s hit tally.
Any additional thought or confusion adds to the hitting process and produces a late swing—a strike. Trying to sift through pitches and identify a fastball had several Bulldog hitters confused. ” Winning the ﬁrst two games of the home stand sent the Bulldogs into their tournament with increased conﬁdence. Success, however, would prove ﬂeeting. Despite home runs by Steve Detwiler in each of the ﬁrst two games, Fresno State fell to the bottom of the tournament standings with a pair of defeats. The coaching staff decided it was time for a team meeting.
There were times when Susdorf found he was still mentally consumed by a justcompleted at bat and at a loss for words when it came time to give instruction to his teammates. Erik Wetzel often recognized these situations, jumped in, and gave his teammates their necessary instructions and responsibilities before taking the ﬁeld. In time Wetzel came to be regarded as a natural, though unofﬁcial, leader by his fellow players. Although well liked by his teammates, Susdorf was viewed as a Batesole favorite.