Spring Training 2011 vs. St. Thomas

Matt Beyer recorded three RBI on a 2-for4 performance at the plate for the UW-Whitewater in its 7-6 win over St. Thomas on Sunday in Leesburg, Florida. The Warhawks jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first and the Tommies responded with four of their own in the bottom half of the frame to knot the score at 4-4. UW-W tacked on two more runs in the top of the third to go up 6-4 and they never relinquished their lead. The Tommies fought back to notch a run in the bottom of the fourth and the bottom of the seventh to inch closer at 7-6, but never overcame Kyle Lee's solid performance on the mound. Lee came on after two outs in the first and faced 33 batters, gave up seven hits, two runs, walked three and struck out three. Lee went eight innings to earn his first victory of the year in his first appearance. Colin Grove earned the save by retiring the final batter of the game with runners on first and second.

As pitching was a big part of today's win, i have put together some stills which demonstrate the consistently superior mechanics demonstrated thusfar by the Warhawk hurlers. We start with our hero today, Kyle Lee. Not scheduled to start, he came on in relief in the first inning and lasted until the ninth. Here is a breakdown of his delivery which is almost perfect at every point. The first is the point of arm seperation. Kyle has great arm extension after dropping the ball out of his glove:

Next, he is striding while bringing his arms to the throwing position. Can he tell time on both wrist watches? I think so:

Kyle moves forward and gets his arms in perfect position. Lead arm tucked, pulling his hips through the throwing motion for maximum result, elbow over the shoulder and fingers directly behind the ball:

Perfect follow-through:

And for those of you who still doubt me, check out those straight lines to the catcher from a more frontal view:

Thanks Kyle, you have made my job much easier!

Tonight we had at the Dockside Restaurant with an assortment of fried fish entres. Very good but no recipes sorry.

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