Thursday, April 13, 2006
Sawyer producing on offense and defense for Northeast Tigers
By BARRY BURLESON
Ray Scott, head baseball coach at Northeast Community College, uses the word “improved” regularly when talking about his starting catcher.
Scott Sawyer, a 2004 graduate of Marshall Academy from Byhalia, is a leader on offense and defense for the Tigers, batting .310 and throwing out 11 of 12 baserunners this season.
“He’s improved at the plate tremendously, and he’s improved himself greatly as a catcher defensively,” Coach Scott said about his talented sophomore. “And it’s going to get him to the next level.
“Several Division II and NAIA schools are interested. He has the opportunity to play at the next level.”
Sawyer is leading the team in doubles with 10. He also has three home runs and a triple.
“He’s so much better every at bat this year,” Coach Scott said, “and that’ so important, especially for a catcher. He had some pop (in his bat) when he came here but he’s really improved.”
He said he saw potential in Sawyer when Northeast signed him out of high school.
“We knew how good he could be down the line,” Coach Scott said. “We didn’t think he had maxxed out by any means. We knew he would get stronger.”
He said Sawyer works hard in the weight room and that has “definitely made him a better player.”
The Tigers finished last week’s play with a 13-14 overall record and 4-4 mark in the conference.
“Three of the four (conference) losses have been heartbreakers,” Coach Scott said. “We lost two of them by one run, and in all three were leading going into the sixth.”
Eight more conference games remain before the regular season wraps up April 29.
“Scott (Sawyer) has started about every game for us last year and this year,” Coach Scott said. “He’s from a great family and is a great kid.
“The upsides are his family and his attitude. With those two good things working, he can’t get anything but better.”
In his senior season at MA in 2004, Sawyer hit .330 with five home runs and 22 runs batted in.
He is the son of Terry and Sarah Sawyer of Byhalia.
(662) 252-4261 or firstname.lastname@example.org
managed and maintained by