Schuyler Williamson Diary

Schuyler Williamson Diary

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Following a record-setting season in which he was named Patriot League "Co-Player of the Year," Army catcher Schuyler Williamson was named a third team preseason All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. A candidate for the Johnny Bench Award, presented annually to the nations top catcher, Williamson documented last seasons championship season through regular journal entries at www.goARMYsports.com. Once again, he has agreed to provide readers an inside look at the Army baseball program through his insights. Be sure to check back often as Armys senior team captain shares his thoughts about the squads progress as it attempts to become the first baseball team in school history to capture league titles in consecutive years.

April 27, 2005

Things have been tough lately with another semester of school coming to an end. All of the final projects seem to be due at the same time, and the freshmen are finally feeling the pain of having a 50-plus game schedule during an academic year. Baseball has been great, though. We are really starting to come together and play as one unit. The hitting has been getting a lot better, and the pitching has stayed consistent as usual. With another conference weekend series rapidly approaching, we are trying to make the few corrections we need to put ourselves in the best possible position to win.

We have a four-game set with Navy this weekend. Coming off a weekend split with Lehigh, it seems that Navy is starting to play better baseball of late. They tend to try and cause a lot of chaos on the base paths and I think that is what the focus of this weeks practice is going to be on. If we can limit Navys base runners from taking the extra base I think we can contain their offense. We have been doing well with that area of the game lately so I do not think it is going to be a big adjustment for us. Navy is always one of the hardest teams for us to beat from past experiences. For some reason, just because it is Army-Navy, the games we play against each other are always tough and exhausting. The most important thing for us to remember is to concern ourselves with only the things we can control. If we play our type of baseball I feel like we will have a good chance to win.

This weekend has additional importance, other than being just another Army-Navy series. If we can win at least three of four from Navy we will clinch home field advantage for the Patriot League Tournament. That means a lot to the team and the fans that come to watch us. Nothing would make the team happier than to bring another conference tournament back home to our fans. They have been steady in their attendance and remain loyal no matter what. We owe a lot of credit to those guys for what they do to the other teams. There is no way a team can concentrate solely on baseball when they hear our fans. I can only imagine how bad they are going to be this weekend against Navy. It should be fun to watch.

--Schuyler

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