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Syracuse sees success using consistent pitcher-catcher combinations

first_imgPitching against Northwestern on Feb. 20, Jocelyn Cater struggled to control her pitches. She allowed four walks in as many innings to start the game.To calm her down, catcher Julie Wambold called time and came to the mound.“She’ll come out and say, ‘Hey we’re nervous, take a breath, let’s get past this and get the next one,’” Cater said.Cater retired six straight batters from the end of the fourth to the start of the sixth.While Syracuse (7-8) employs two different catchers, its pitchers tend to throw to the same catcher due to defensive requirements. Sydney O’Hara plays first base when she isn’t pitching, causing a ripple effect that sends Wambold to catch for Cater. When O’Hara does pitch, Wambold is at second to complete the infield, sending Alyssa Dewes behind the plate.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough head coach Leigh Ross said these changes are merely a product of O’Hara playing first when she doesn’t pitch, the result has paired O’Hara with Dewes in six of her seven starts and Cater with Wambold in six of her eight.“Once you start working with a catcher, you get really comfortable with them,” O’Hara said.O’Hara said she is comfortable with both catchers but she seems happy to be working more with the same one. She and Dewes have been working on staying low, blocking the ball and keeping loose balls in front of Dewes when runners are on base.When she throws with pitching coach Mike Bosch watching, she tends to throw to Dewes.“We’re definitely more comfortable with each other,” Dewes said. “I know what she likes to throw in certain situations, but I feel comfortable catching for both pitchers.”Cater said that the two-catcher rotation is a strength of the team. Cater is left-handed, which Ross said causes the ball to spin differently, and throws a fast rise ball.  Both catchers have caught her enough in practice to be comfortable with her.Against Northwestern, Cater said that Wambold is better at reading her and calming her down during games.“I love Julie behind the plate, I really do,” Ross said. “I think she brings a sense of calmness to the team.”Though the pitcher-catcher combinations have so far been a product of the infield’s defensive needs, Ross said that might change when pitcher AnnaMarie Gatti returns from injury.While O’Hara and Cater are rise ball pitchers, Gatti throws a heavy drop ball that cuts down late. Ross said that Wambold is better at framing drop balls as strikes and that she would probably catch for Gatti. The rest of the infield would remain intact with Wambold catching Gatti.In the batter’s box, Wambold and Dewes have been polar opposites this season. Wambold is second on the team in RBI while Dewes is second to last among everyday players in batting average.Wambold’s hitting commands playing time, but Ross said she wouldn’t change the catcher rotation despite Dewes’ struggles, proving the importance of the growing comfort between pitcher and catcher.Said Ross: “Sometimes there is that correlation where a pitcher gets really comfortable with a certain catcher and they bring the best out of that pitcher.” Comments Published on March 3, 2015 at 12:07 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Fantasy Baseball Updates: Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel, Clayton Kershaw, more impacting rankings, drafts

first_img2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Shohei Ohtani injury newsBig news on Ohtani came March 9, when he threw a baseball for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery. It was just a light toss, but it puts him on track to return as a hitter in early May. He will not pitch in 2019.Ohtani wowed the league with 22 home runs and 10 steals as a rookie. Even though he’ll likely miss at least a month, he should again be a strong fantasy option, though he’ll only be eligible at UTIL for most, if not all, of the season. As we rapidly approach opening day, two former fantasy studs (Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel) remain unsigned free agents, and key contributors such top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., former Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, and 2018 AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani face uncertain timetables as they rehab from injuries. All are affecting fantasy baseball rankings and leaving draft cheat sheets in flux leading up to drafts. We’re here to help with the latest news and updates.We’ll continue to provide the latest news throughout spring training and update our rankings. You can also follow along with us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy for more fantasy advice. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 cheat sheetWhat team will Craig Kimbrel sign with?Ken Rosenthal dropped extremely concerning news for fantasy baseball owners this week when he wrote Kimbrel could wait until after the amateur draft in June to sign, thus not subjecting teams to the qualifying offer draft pick penalty that would be assessed if an organization signs him now. While the Rays and Cubs are reportedly interested in Kimbrel as of this week, it’s hard to shake the feeling Kimbrel might be content to sit out a while longer.So, how should prospective fantasy owners react? We think Kimbrel is a top-three closer once he’s on a team, so it’s a matter of having the roster flexibility to stash him if necessary. He’s too good to be removed from your draft board altogether. 2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings Tiers, Draft StrategyCatcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | CloserWill Dallas Keuchel sign before opening day?All has been quiet on the Keuchel front since Ken Rosenthal reported on March 7 that the Astros had made short-term offers to the lefthander, who has been seeking a long-term deal.While it’s difficult to know whether he’ll be signed before opening day, it’s looking increasingly likely that he’ll miss time. In that case, he is obviously not worth targeting in the first 15 rounds of almost any format but could still provide value late in rounds. He’s considered fully healthy and posted a 3.74 ERA last season. At 31, he probably still has some more above-average production in him.2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Each teamWhen will Vladimir Guerrero Jr. get called up?Vlad Jr. was diagnosed with a strained left oblique on March 10 and will miss about three weeks. It is considered a Grade 1 strain.After months of concern over possible service time manipulation which would have kept him in the minor leagues for a least a few weeks to give the Blue Jays an extra year of team control, it now appears he will definitely not be out through mid-April and likely a little later. Because fantasy owners were already expecting to not have him on opening day, this news should not move the needle much. Still, the injury is worth keeping an eye on moving forward.MORE FANTASY: All-Overrated Team | All-Sleeper TeamClayton Kershaw injury updateKershaw (shoulder) is expected to throw a bullpen session Thursday after throwing 20 pitches on Monday without setbacks.Pitcher injuries are always scary, but considering Kershaw’s recent history with them, this is a pretty big red flag. He missed significant time due to back ailments since 2016. We advise caution with the lefty, who would be entering the downswing of his career even at full health. He’s No. 77 in our Top 300 rankings.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Feb. 20, 2013

first_imgWellington Police Notes for Wednesday, February 20, 2013•12:44 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•12:55 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the Wellington.•2:26 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1400 block. W. Edgewood Ave, Wellington.•5:11 p.m. Officers investigated a violation of a protective order of a known suspect in the 1300 block E. 4th.•9:56 p.m. Officers investigated domestic violence battery,  battery of law enforcement officer and obstruction of law enforcement officer in the 800 block. S. Jefferson, Wellington.•10:17 p.m. Linda L. Clinkingbeard, 44, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with battery law enforcement officer, domestic violence battery and obstruction of law enforcement.•10:19 p.m. Shelsea D. Clinkingbeard,  20, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with domestic violence battery.last_img read more