Oct. 15, 2002
Manhattan, Kan. -
The Kansas State baseball team continued to make strides during its second week of fall practice, as a number of players stepped up with solid performances over the week of practices and scrimmages.
"We really had a productive week of practice," said Wildcat head coach Mike Clark. "Some kids really stepped up and separated themselves from the pack with their performances this week. Now we have two weeks to evaluate these individuals to see if they can remain at that level. Hopefully, we can have some more kids step up and continue to increase our level of competition."
The week began with the annual Scout Day on October 9, as Kansas State received 28 national and regional scouts to test and evaluate the team. The squad scrimmaged on Tuesday and Wednesday before returning to regular practice on Thursday and Friday. The players had back-to-back 10-inning scrimmages on Saturday and Sunday.
Clark said he was impressed with the play of his outfielders, particularly juniors Brad Anzman and Brian Patty.
"Brad (Anzman) had a great week," said Clark. "He swung the bat extremely well, did a nice job in the outfield and stole some bases. He went 4-for-5 with two stolen bases on Saturday. Brian (Patty) was a solid player in junior college the last two years and is really starting to establish himself here. Of course, Pat (Maloney) and Gabe (Luttrell) are continuing where they left off in the spring."
Clark said the competition among the infield spots remains fierce with several players competing for playing time, but cited junior third baseman Ty Soto for his solid play this week.
"Ty continues to prove everyday why he was first team all-conference last year," said Clark. "He has really been swinging the bat well. We have some great competition for spots in the infield, but no one has really stepped up take this position or that one."
Clark said that although the hitters are starting to catch up to the pitchers in practice, the scrimmages on Saturday and Sunday were dominated by solid pitching efforts from senior right-handed pitcher Kevin Melcher, juniors Brett Bagley, Terry Montoya and Ryan Ashley and freshman Jared Bunn.
"Kevin was extremely consistent in his two starts this week, as you would expect a three-year starter to be," said Clark. "Brett (Bagley) has pitched well the past two weeks, while Terry (Montoya) really stepped it up and had a very nice week of practice. Jared (Bunn) is a freshman who has been up-and-down, but really threw well at times this week. The staff overall is starting to throw more innings and we are starting to see them get their second and third pitches a bit more in the zone."
The team will mainly practice the remainder of the week before starting the Fall Ball World Series on Saturday at 1 p.m. with the first of seven nine-inning games that will split the squad into Purple and White teams. The stakes will be high for the entire team, as the losing team must prepare and serve a streak dinner for the winning squad.
"We moved the World Series up to give our pitchers more of an opportunity to bounce back," said Clark. "We don't want to overuse them, so this spreads it out a bit, and fits more like the real World Series."
The rest of the Fall Ball World Series continues on Sunday, October 20 beginning at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 3 p.m., before concluding on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.
All practices and scrimmages are held at Tointon Family Stadium and are open to the public.