Thursday, June 13, 2013

Stolen Bases in opening Game in Cape League

The Cotuit Kettleers had a wonderful crowd on opening day at beautiful Lowell Park and won vs. Orleans 4-2. The Orleans team are always so well coached by Kelly Nicholson so very enjoyable to play the Firebirds.

We were able to pull a “pre-set” double steal that helped us go ahead. With men on 1st and 3rd, left handed pitcher on the mound, the runner on 1st base took off on 1st movement by the pitcher, the runner on 3rd base casually takes steps down the line to see if the LH pitcher will pick behind the runner leaving 1st base. The pitcher did throw behind the runner at 1st base and the runner at 3rd read the ball (what I call “white out”) out of the 1st baseman’s hand throwing to the SS at 2B and began his run toward home.  The runner at 1st continued a straight steal into 2nd base, did not stop half way, which is the best way to draw a throw from the 1st baseman. As the runner slid into 2nd base safely the runner from third was 2/3 of the way home and did not even draw a throw from the SS as he crossed home plate.

It is always fun to work on base stealing each day in practice and figure out different ways to move runners up a base and possibly score a run. I encourage coaches to practice base stealing as often as they give their team batting practice.

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