By Dylan Wolter
July 30, 2015
BOURNE- The last time Nick Eicholtz (Alabama) started a game was against Orleans on June 8th. The Firebirds roughed up Eicholtz for five runs in one inning, chasing him out of the ball game and out of the five man rotation. In fact, Eicholtz has not made an appearance since his outing in Orleans.
The tall right hander was asked to take the hill in the absence of Jonathan King (Georgia Tech) on Thursday evening. Looking forward to being back out there, Eicholtz pitched a solid game against the Bourne Braves in a 10-7 loss.
He pitched three innings of scoreless baseball, allowing only one hit and struck out two. Eicholtz’s only flaw on the evening was he did surrender three walks in his three innings pitched. Although he didn’t have terrific command, he battled and fought his way through the Bourne lineup. It was somewhat of a surprise to see Eicholtz taken out after the third inning, seeing as he didn’t give up a run.
Eicholtz is an imposing figure on the mound, standing at 6’4 and possessing a scowl that would impress the likes of Andy Pettitte. He has loads of natural ability and has experience pitching at a terrific baseball school. Against the Braves, Eicholtz limited hard contact by keeping the ball low and out of the zone.
With the playoffs just around the corner, Eicholtz could make for a weapon as a starting pitcher or out of the pen. Either way, it was good to see Eicholtz back on his game. With a solid start against Bourne, it is possible head coach Mike Roberts could instill more faith in the right hander.
Haynie Keeps Up the Pace- To say Will Haynie (Alabama) is on fire right now would be an understatement. Haynie is playing at an absurd level, recording an RBI in eight consecutive games. He added an RBI against the Bourne Braves with a single into right centerfield. The
Alabama product now has 22 RBI’s on the season, leading the team by a matter of ten. Not only is he leading his team in RBI’s, Haynie is fifth in the league.
At the beginning of the season, Haynie was a power or bust type of player. His strength is undeniable, and would to aggressively swing for homeruns. Since he has adjusted his approach and simplified his swing, the results have been sensational.
Haynie has been hitting the ball to all fields and isn’t just swinging for the fences. He’s settled for singles and isn’t trying to do too much at the plate. The towering catcher has become a fixture at the top of the order, Mike Roberts knowing he needs to get Haynie as many at bats as possible.
It’s unreasonable to expect Haynie to continue the torrid pace. Regardless of the streak, the Kettleers need Haynie to keep supplying them with big hits and important at bats. With his simplistic approach at the dish, Haynie makes the Cotuit lineup all the more dangerous.