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ASU baseball: Freshman Boyd Vander Kooi connects with new pitching coach on quest for a starting role - House of Sparky

ASU baseball: Freshman Boyd Vander Kooi connects with new pitching coach on quest for a starting role - House of Sparky

Arizona State’s first-year pitching coach Mike Cather recently met freshman pitcher Boyd Vander Kooi.

“Do you trust me?” Cather said.

A hesitant Vander Kooi responded: “Yes.”

What seemed like a rhetorical question was anything but. Cather was intent on making a point.

“Trust is something that has to be built, and that’s what I tell him.” Cather said. “I said, ‘I don’t trust you and you don’t trust me. Let’s learn how to trust each other,’”

WWBA WMD champs crowned | Perfect Game USA

WWBA WMD champs crowned | Perfect Game USA

No-hitter lifts AZ T-Rex Baseball Club to 18u WMD championship

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – At a tournament when both of the top playoff seeds used elite-level pitching to advance to the championship game, it was only fitting that the game itself would produce the top performance of the four-day event.

Little known and lightly regarded 2018 right-hander Jacob Stark was unexpectedly handed the ball to make the start for No. 2-seed AZ T-Rex Baseball Club in the title tilt at the 18u Perfect Game WWBA West Memorial Day Classic at Goodyear Ballpark, and promptly threw a six-inning no-hitter at No. 1 All Star Baseball Academy 17u in a 9-0 rout stopped an inning early by the tournament run-rule.

Chaparral shines in AZ sun

Chaparral shines in AZ sun

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The month of March is definitely going out like a lion for Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) junior third baseman Jacob Gonzalez. In fact, it could be argued that Gonzalez is the state of Arizona’s most dangerous hitter as the calendar flips into April, with his most pressing competition coming from his senior teammate, power-hitting first baseman Harrison Jones.