Schuyler Williamson Diary

Schuyler Williamson Diary

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Catcher Schuyler Williamson enters his junior season with Army with high expectations. Last season, Williamson enjoyed a breakout campaign in which he batted .299 with seven doubles, three triples, five home runs and 28 runs batted in. This season, he is co-captain of the Black Knights and is leading the team from behind the plate. Be sure to check back often as Williamson will share his thoughts about the team's progress and whatever else is on his mind throughout the 2004 season.

March 2, 2004

I was doing homework when Mr. Beretta called me for the first time about this diary idea. At first, I was a little apprehensive because my free time is very small as it is, but then I thought it would be a good idea for people to know how the team is doing other than just by its record.

Coming off a three-game sweep of UMBC and extending our winning streak to four games has done nothing but increase our drive to become better. Every week we show up to practice hungry to make the next part of our game stronger. No one, including the coaches, has said they want anything less than a Patriot League Championship this year. We are taking things one day at a time, though. We still have a lot to work on, and our coaches are dedicated to our mastering of the little things that make a good team, a great team.

This weekend we play single games against Villanova on Friday and Sunday, and a doubleheader against LaSalle on Saturday. This should be a good test for our team -- to see how far we have come in our short time playing outdoors.

I have to say that our hitting has been the biggest surprise for all of us. The people that need to have big games have come through, and surprisingly, we have received a lot of support from the freshmen hitters. Milan Dinga, Nolan Cork, and Kyle Scogin have been very essential to our success so far, and continue to get better with every game.

As far as pitching goes, we never seem to have too much of a problem. The upperclassmen are always solid when we need them, but Nick Hill and Brad Johnson are the standouts in the freshman class. These two guys continue to impress everyone with their talent and will to win. Most importantly however, is the fact that Danny Cappello will make his first appearance this weekend. Our starting pitcher with the best record last year will do nothing but make our staff even stronger. He has not pitched yet due to some stiffness. We expect him to do a lot of great things this season, and are extremely happy he is healthy again.

Expectations are high for this year, and we would like nothing more than to bring home a championship for West Point and all of our fans.

- Schuyler

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