Pitcher Kasey Williamson has been in the starting rotation for the University of Texas at Tyler baseball team.
The freshman out of Madisonville High School had a 1-0 record and 3.18 earned run average in his first two appearances.
The right-hander won in his collegiate debut, allowing two hits in two scoreless innings against East Central.
He did not earn a decision in his second start, during which he did not allow a hit in three and two-thirds innings against Cedarville. He was charged with giving up two earned runs when his replacement allowed a double that brought home a batter Williamson had walked and another he hit with a pitch.
"I was spotting my fastball really good and working both sides (of the plate)," he said. "I was throwing my breaking pitch for a strike."
The 6-foot-4 Williamson struck out six Cedarville hitters, three of them swinging in the third inning.
Some of the strikeouts came after he fell behind in the count. He even recorded a second-inning strikeout after starting the batter with three balls. "I would finish with a curveball or changeup in the dirt or a fastball away," he said.
Williamson said he has been happy with the location of his pitches. "I usually live on the outside part of the plate because my ball has so much run on it," he said.
He said throwing to teammates during the fall prepared him for the high caliber of hitters he faces. Opponents hit .111 against him through five and two-thirds innings. "We have some really good dudes that could swing it," he said.
He stays aggressive so that he can throw the pitches he wants, not those the batters want. “If (hitters) see you scared, they know what's coming," he said. "Attack the hitter. Get ahead in the zone."
Tra'dayja Smith had eight assists and eight rebounds for Trinity Valley Community College against Bossier Parrish in the regular-season finale. The Madisonville graduate added six points and two steals.
Senior La'Neique Nealey had 10 points for Prairie View A & M University against Alabama A & M. The past Mustang had five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
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