Zach Poe is ready for baseball season.
The Madisonville High School graduate played in the summer Sunflower Collegiate League to prepare for his first year at Paris Junior College. Last year, he took a redshirt as a freshman infielder for Sam Houston State University, whose coach placed him in the Sunflower league.
Poe appeared as a reliever in 16 games for the Great Bend Bat Cats and finished with two saves and a 5.00 earned run average. He hit .231 with three runs batted in.
The right-hander used the summer season to work on pitching mechanics. "I worked on my arm slot a lot," he said. "I changed it toward the end of the fall."
He brought his arm slot down. "I throw it side-arm now," he said. "I got used to my new arm slot."
He throws a two-seam fastball, changeup and slider. He said he worked on the slider to get more movement on the pitch, which usually runs into right-handed hitters. "Just throwing it a little harder and have a little more bite too," said Poe, noting that his velocity reached 89 mph during the summer.
When he wasn't on the mound, he served as designated hitter and played first or third base.
Since completing summer ball, he has been conditioning and throwing in Madisonville and said he reports to college in mid-August.
Pitcher Matt Rudis earned his first win for Sanford of the New England League. The former Mustang allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings of a July 27 start. The Texas Christian University sophomore had a 1-1 record and 2.78 ERA in six starts.
Colby Lovell and James Arnold finished second in the second round of team roping at the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo. The Madisonville graduates earned $2,541.
Previously at Madisonville High, Kennedy Bryant is a freshman specializing in Western riding for University of Georgia.
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