Broyles pretty much perfect in CPL

Wade Broyles is in the Coastal Plain League looking for consistent innings and a chance to "show his arm off." So far, the consistent thing is Broyles ability to overwhelm hitters with zeros.

The Madison Central product has tossed 25 innings for the Thomasville HiToms with a perfect 4-0 record as well as an amazing 0.00 ERA. Broyles talks about gaining confidence, which is an easy thing to do after 15 appearances without a single earned run allowed. Also, the HiToms are leading their division with a 27-11 record at the break.

"I've been feeling really well on the mound and just getting a lot of confidence," Broyles said. "It's all about filling up the zone and my stuff has been working. Getting my confidence up is a major part of it. I've been able to get into a little routine for the first time. That is what gets everything started in the right direction. That and throwing strikes. You locate your pitches and good things start happening."

The most recent good thing was Broyles being selected for the 2007 CPL All-Star Game that will be held Tuesday in Columbia, S.C. Along with the record and ERA; Ole Miss' rising red-shirt sophomore has been a model of control as well. Broyles has struck out 39 opponents while only walking seven.

"I was really excited about getting named to the All-Star team," Broyles noted. "Working hard has obviously paid off. It means a lot to me. I came into the summer, more or less, just to get some innings in. I didn't throw much during the spring so it was an excellent opportunity to see some live hitters and show my arm off a little bit."

Establishing a routine and getting consistent innings are important to Broyles due to a lack of mound work at Ole Miss. He was red-shirted in 2006 before logging only two appearances and two total innings pitched last season. That drives Broyles to be ready when fall camp opens up.

"The confidence will definitely carry over," Broyles added. "It is the little things like finding a new pitch or learning to throw inside more. I need to carry this over to the fall so to show the coaches that I am here to compete and want to be on the mound."

The recent change in coaching duties has Broyles excited for next season. Wade was quick to compliment Kyle Bunn, who is now at Clemson, but feels like Carl Lafferty will bring a new perspective to the pitching staff.

"I think it is a good thing even though he wasn't a pitcher," Broyles said. "As a catcher, he knows how to pitch to certain guys and what the appropriate call will be in certain situations. Also, he was a hitter so now we get insight as to what a batter is thinking in situations. That is something that will be nice to have available."

Broyles is living up the summer with three other Ole Miss teammates (Justin Cryer, Zach Miller and Kevin Parker) and learning more about throwing inside due to the wood bats, but he is also looking forward to returning to Oxford and getting things going again as a Rebel.

"I can't wait to get back to Ole Miss and hang out with the other teammates, but I am glad to have friends here," Broyles closed. "That part of it has been great, as well as, meeting new people and playing in places that we don't normally spend a lot of time in. I will remember being here, but it will also be great to get home."

Safe to say that opposing hitters will also think it is great when Broyles goes home.

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