Quantcast

Play ball!

"There's a jet stream here to center field and right-center field, which if the ball gets up in that general direction, it carries extremely well," said Cramer. "So while the dimensions are longer than the field that we used in previous World Series, the ball carries extremely well."

Cramer is hopeful that his pitchers will be able to keep opponents in the park.

"My experience has been as good as the teams are that advance, they get as far as they do with two good pitchers and then they fill from there," he said. "This team has four to five very good starting pitchers. This is something that I've been blessed with for the first time. As deep as I have gotten in a lot of tournament play I've never had the depth of pitching that I have right now with this team."

The rotation is set through the first three games of pool play, which starts Friday. Carter starts Friday's game against Greenville, N.C., while Lewyckyj " who already has one year of high school varsity experience at Christian Brothers Academy " takes to the mound Saturday against Waite Park, Minn. Grant Cunningham starts Sunday against West End, Pa.

Cramer said he has a lot of confidence in his starters " especially Carter, who has been to numerous state and regional tournaments from Cal Ripken through Babe Ruth.

"He's been through the fire many of times, and he's got extreme confidence on the mound," said Cramer. "He does not get rattled " he works one pitch at a time and one out at a time."

While pitching isn't a concern for Clifton Park, hitting may be. Cramer said the top five hitters in his lineup are strong, but scoring runs against some of the top pitchers in the country will not be easy.

0
Vote on this Story by clicking on the Icon

Comments

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment