Re: Youth hitters hitting fast pitchers
Originally Posted by BuckWild03
When I was playing farm league baseball around that age, whenever we faced a particularly fast pitcher, it was more of an intimidation thing than anything else. Those pitchers were typically more physically developed, taller, bigger, stronger so just seeing them out there on the mound throwing what looked like 80mph back then was just plain scary. So that might be a good place to start with your kids.
My coaches always tried to use the saying "the harder it comes in, the harder it goes out" which I'm not sure ever worked but may also be worth a shot.
That's a good thought. I will give my players a ton of credit, they stood in against this guy on Saturday and took some generally good swings. Unfortunately, there is probably only 2 pitchers in our league who throw this hard, so timing is probably also an issue.
One drill I just remembered is throwing to them underhand from behind a screen from a close distance, to help their reaction. I may try that at practice.
...the 2-2 to Woodsen and here it comes...and it is swung on and missed! And Tom Browning has pitched a perfect game! Twenty-seven outs in a row, and he is being mobbed by his teammates, just to the thirdbase side of the mound.