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.

March 31, 2005

Yesterday was a good day for the team. Finally, everyone in the lineup all hit at the same time. Scoring more than 20 runs in a game can really get a team going offensively. I feel offense is the final part of the game our team needs to improve on to be ready for league play. We had shown signs of life before yesterday, but only in parts of the lineup. Until yesterday, we hadnt come together as a cohesive unit. Hopefully this is a sign for things to come in the near future. We will need to put up a lot of runs if we want to beat Lehigh. They always have a strong team offensively, and seem to have a chance to always win. It is important that we maintain a good offensive approach to allow ourselves to stay close in the games and win in the end.

Pitching was outstanding again yesterday. It is reaching a level where if someone scores, the defense feels like it has done something wrong. Of course this is not usually the case, but the effort our starting pitching and bullpen have given the team this year is unbelievable. I have to give those guys all the credit right now. We would not be on a 10-game winning streak if they were not performing the way they are. If our pitching holds to the level it is right now, we will be tough to beat no matter how our bats are producing.

Lehigh is probably the toughest team we play in conference. I have to give those guys a lot of respect for what they do. They dont strike out much, they catch it well, and have enough pitching to always be in a position to win. My class has never beaten (Lehigh pitcher) Jack Muscalus. We will look to put everything together against Lehigh this weekend, and hopefully come home with our first series victory.

--Schuyler

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