For a relatively young and inexperienced Saint Thomas More Preparatory baseball team, a lot of responsibility will fall on No. 1 starter Kevin O'Shea to pick up some wins for the Ravens this season.
School: Saint Thomas More Preparatory
Position: Pitcher, second base
Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Weight: 160 pounds
Q Following a season in which your team went 6-13, do you think the Ravens are set for improvement this year?
A We only lost one senior from last year’s team, so we’re pretty experienced. We have a couple of freshmen that look promising so I think we’ll do all right.
Q As a year-round baseball player, what challenges do you find in playing for a younger program like the one at STM?
A A lot of kids don’t really play baseball year-round. Whey they come out they only practice at our practices. They don’t go home and practice, so we have to use all the time we have to build it up.
Q It’s always said pitching wins games at the high school level. Does that make you bear down a little more while pitching for STM?
A I focus on pitching a little bit more than on playing the field because that’s what I’m best at and that’s what we’re lacking. So I have to focus more on that.
Q You had a very strong sophomore season, but now some of the hitters you faced last year have a book on you. How do you plan to counter that?
A I always go to camps over the winter after Christmas, so I work on all that there and make the adjustments to stay on top.
Q What was it like playing American Legion Baseball last summer, and what did you learn from pitching alongside other local high school stars like Danny Gatto (Dover) and Tommy Dill (Polytech)?
A After playing [for STM] you don’t really know what to expect because you don’t play the best competition here. I didn’t really play at first but then after a while I started pitching more and playing second base. Those guys taught me responsibility. After the games they would go out, and stretch and run. I learned that I needed to do that to get better.
Q Now that you’re one of the older guys on the STM team, what kind of leadership role have you taken on and do you find yourself talking more on the field?
A I try and tell the younger guys what to do when they’re not [at practice]. I have to encourage them because I know they sort of look up to me. When I’m pitching I don’t talk that much, but when I’m fielding I just try and encourage the pitcher.
Q Pitchers are notorious for superstitions and routines. Do you fit that mold in your preparation?
A Usually when I go out on the field I try to not step on the foul lines, but that’s about it. Other than that, I listen to music all the time to get pumped up.
WHO Saint Thomas More Preparatory at St. Andrews School
WHEN 4 p.m. Friday, March 26
WHERE 350 Noxontown Road, Middletown
ATHLETE Chase Utley
BASEBALL TEAM Philadelphia Phillies
MUSIC Anything but country
SPORT BESIDES BASEBALL Soccer
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