Rudis makes strides in New England

By Barbara Boxleitner
jdanddoc@gmail.com
Posted 9/10/19

Matt Rudis used his time pitching in a summer collegiate league to ready himself for his sophomore season at Texas Christian University.

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Rudis makes strides in New England

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Matt Rudis used his time pitching in a summer collegiate league to ready himself for his sophomore season at Texas Christian University.

The Madisonville High School graduate played for Sanford in the New England league. He said he was not sure why he was placed in that league but noted in an email, "I do know that previous TCU players have played in that league and have always came back with a great experience."

After appearing as a reliever in nine games for TCU during the spring, Rudis was a starter during the summer. He had a 1-1 record and 2.78 earned run average in six starts. The right-hander struck out 27 in 32 1/3 innings, more than four times the innings he threw in the spring.

Rudis said he worked on throwing more strikes and increasing command of his pitches, both of which will help him go deeper into games. He lasted at least five innings in five of his starts for Sanford and went seven innings in two of his last three outings.

"Mechanically, I was focused on trying to pitch with a stronger lower half, or use my legs more," he said. "It helped with my command, and hopefully it will help me increase in velocity, too."

"Because the summer was good for me, I have more confidence in my pitching ability and more trust in myself," said Rudis, who throws a four-seam fastball, curveball and changeup.

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Previously at North Zulch High School, James O'Neal is not on the roster for Allen Community College, where he pitched in nine games as a freshman last year.

Men's soccer

Former Mustang Luis Aceves is playing for Southwestern Christian University (Okla.) after playing his freshman season at Blinn College, where the midfielder played in 10 games.

Softball

Maci Sanders is a freshman shortstop and outfielder for Grayson College. She played for Normangee High.

Another from the Panthers, Shelby Knippa is a freshman pitcher for Clarendon College.

Women's volleyball

Trinity Valley Community College sophomore Emma Baker had 10 digs against North Central Texas. The defensive specialist and setter competed for North Zulch.

Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at jdanddoc@gmail.com.

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