In college baseball, the University of Mary has not been able to spend a lot of practice time outside so far this season. So the Marauders have had to get creative with how they prepare for games.
This year, the University of Mary baseball team is using a pitch simulator to help batters recognize pitches.
“We’re trying to do as much as we can,” head coach Mark Moriarty said. “Pitch recognition. Training them with high-velocity stuff with pitching machines and stuff like that just to get them ready for different velocities.”
The idea came from U-Mary assistant baseball coaches Tyler Peterson and Casey Scott.
“I think they got the idea from — I think North Carolina does it,” Moriarty said. “When we were down at the coach’s convention they had something similar to that. So Casey has been working on this for about two weeks.”
Senior Connor Doll was one of the players who went through the simulator.
“Just trying to train the eye,” Doll said. “Just trying to train the reaction time to better. Pitch recognition to be better. Just working on the mental aspects as best we can indoors because that’s all we can really do at this point.”
Each hitter watched five to six simulated pitches. After each pitch, they had two or three seconds to guess before the answer was revealed.
The goal is to get them all right,” Doll said, “but just like in the game you are going to guess wrong or recognize wrong.”
So how many did the Hazen native get correct on his first time?
“I would probably say that I was about 60 percent, which isn’t very good,” Doll said. “That’s how we are doing it to get us better.”
When there is not have a lot of time to see live pitching, you have to think outside the box.
“The more reps we can get with our hitters seeing live pitching is better,” said Moriarty.
U-Mary plays Wheeling Jesuit University tonight Russmatt Central Florida Invitational.