Posted Mon Mar 2nd, 2015 7:49:AM
By: Joshua Koch - Kingwood Observer
Every time a new series of fall practices begin for the Kingwood Mustangs, each year head coach Kelly Mead gets every player to test their arm strength, no matter what their position is.
When junior catcher Thomas Allison stepped up, what he would do next garnered an interesting question from Mead.
Allison, standing back from a net about 20 to 30 feet, wound up, crow hopped and gave it everything he had hurling the ball at the net.
The junior hit 91 miles per hour on the radar gun.
Mead asked Allison if he had ever pitched, the Kingwood catcher responding that he had here and there but never really had pursued it. So Mead moved Allison up to the mound and from the rubber he was hitting in the mid-80s with his fastball, making him a player that could be turned into a pitcher.
For the rest of the fall, Mead along with pitching coach Michael Oros worked with him, throwing bullpen sessions and then once spring rolled around, he pitched in some scrimmages, but it was a transition for Allison.
“The way you throw the ball is really different and that kept me behind,” Allison said. “But once I figured out how I needed to throw the ball off the mound it was just trusting it and not trying to be to fine just throw the ball.”
In the scrimmages Allison got knocked around a bit, teaching him a few lessons about pitching, which in the end made him even better.
“I just learned that I couldn’t just throw the ball as hard as I could down the middle,” Allison said. “I needed to make sure I really spotted up and work on the edges. And that’s what I tried to do (Saturday) morning and it worked. So I’ll try to keep doing it.”
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