Brent Brownlee was 3-for-3 with a triple and an RBI
Wes Thigpen was 2-for-2 with 2 doubles and an RBI
Sam Frost was 1-for-2 with a triple
Nick Ray was 1-for-2
Jordan Faulkner - 91 miles per hour
Ben Bracewell - 90 miles per hour
Paxton Pace - 90 miles per hour
Luke Bole - 89 miles per hour
Jordan Faulkner - 89-90, 87-90, 87-88.
Ben Bracewell - 87-89, 87-88, 85-88.
Paxton Pace - 87-89, 88-88, 86-88.
Luke Bole - 87-88, 86-88, 85-88.
1B - Connor Powers, Nick Ray
2B - Sam Frost, Jonathan Ogden, Nick Vickerson
SS - Frank Rawdow, Nick Vickerson, Jonathan Ogden
3B - Jarrod Parks, Dallas Hannah
C - Cody Freeman, Kolby Byrd, Wes Thigpen
LF - Luke Adkins, Jaron Shepherd, Jet Butler
CF - Brent Brownlee, Wes Johnson
RF - Jaron Shepherd, Luke Adkins, Ryan Collins
Notes from the park:
Assistant coach Butch Thompson interview
What did you like about today's scrimmage?
"I liked that we played straight baseball today. And we got into some situations where you want to pitch to this guy and not give in. And that came up a lot today. The pitchers pitched out of three or four jams, so that kept the game competitive all the way to the end."
What are your thoughts about the pitchers who threw today?
"This group of pitchers basically threw in a down pour last week. So, they lost some pitches. And you knew they were better than that. The weather was good today. They probably got the best day we had to practice this fall. And they really executed well."
What did you like about each pitcher?
"I thought that Luke Bole commanded the ball well. I thought he threw two really good pitches, a fastball and a curveball. He's also trying to develop a changeup, which he's not supposed to use in competition so much now. But he really pitched with his fastball and curveball and showed two legit pitches.
"Ben Bracewell competes. He got off the mound and made a couple of plays and he's athletic enough to do that. I want to see him in every situation he can be in pressure-wise because I think he's been groomed to be that closer type guy. I liked what I saw in that today.
"With Paxton Pace I don't evaluate him as far as pitching right now as I do his healthy. I like that he's healthy. He's throwing harder than I've seen since I've been with him. I'm starting to see late life and sink in his fastball with velocity. Paxton has about 10 pitches. What I tell him is trust his good stuff and pitch off his fastball. He wants to show all of his pitches but he's got a good fastball and I want to continue encouraging him to pitch off his fastball. I'm excited about him.
"The Faulkner kid also threw good. He's been competitive for us. He has thrown a really good changeup off of his fastball, especially against lefthanded hitters. It really goes through the zone. He's gotten the hitters to chase some good changeups."
Center-fielder Brent Brownlee interview
You are finally healthy. You've been having to deal with injuries for a few years haven't you?
"Yes sir. It actually started my junior year in high school playing football. I dislocated my throwing shoulder, tore my labrum. When I came here I tore my other labrum in my left shoulder and had surgery in November. Then the summer after my freshman season I went up to Virginia and played summer ball. I dove back to first on a pickoff and landed on my shoulder and tore my biceps tendon where the labrum runs into it. So, I've had three surgeries. It's been a grinding process coming back. And I'm 100% now."
You are hitting lefties really well and you are doing pretty good against righties as well. Have you always hit lefties so well?
"I really don't recall. I just get up there and if it's a strike I pretty much swing at it."
I noticed that you haven't had a single three-ball count this fall. How you always been the kind of hitter who goes after pitches early in the count?
"I've always been very aggressive."
Do the coaches like your aggressiveness or do they want you to work the count?
"Yes sir, Coach Cohen stresses aggressiveness. I'm sure there are sometimes that he wants me to be a little more patient. And sometimes I do chase bad pitches but I try not to."
Have the coaches talk to you about where they will put you in the lineup when spring comes around?
"They really haven't but I've been batting leadoff here, so that's a pretty good guess where I might be in the spring. But they really haven't said where I might be."
You are a really good defensive outfielder. Has that always been a strong point of yours?
"Yes sir. I remember when I was little my dad would always have a ball and I always loved catching the ball. I love receiver in football. We would always be in the back yard just playing toss."
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