By Greg Dudek
Sometimes in the game of baseball, you just have to sit and wait for your turn.
For senior starting pitcher Andy Sadoski of the Bridgewater State University baseball team, his wait is finally over as he has taken the reigns as the ace of the Bears’ pitching staff this season.
Sadoski is currently 3-1 with a 2.10 earned run average (ERA), as his preparation for this moment in his final season at Bridgewater State is paying off.
“Andy has been preparing for this since his freshman year,” said Bridgewater State head coach Rick Smith. “And for us it is a great boost because you know when you put him out there, there’s something solid. Good things are going to happen.”
Sadoski could not have started off his senior year any better as he pitched a no-hitter in the Bears first game of the season on March 8 in Florida against The Apprentice School.
Sadoski was efficient as he only walked one in his first outing of the year.
“I didn’t know I had a no-hitter at the time,” Sadoski said. “I didn’t even know until afterwards until they all told me it was a no-hitter. Being my first time out there I just wanted to throw strikes and make sure I was working on all my pitches. It just turned out that they didn’t get any hits.”
From there on, Sadoski continued to perform well picking up wins against the College of Saint Scholastica and Rhode Island College before dropping his first game of the season Saturday against Framingham State University.
Despite the loss, Sadoski has shown to be the top pitcher for the Bears.
And that wasn’t always the case. In his first two seasons, former standouts Corey Batista and Jim Balboni received the majority of the starts. Then, Sadoski had an up-and-down 2013 season, going 4-4 with a 4.58 ERA.
But a change in mentality as he takes to the mound in his final season has contributed to his success.
“There is a difference between preparing your mind and preparing your body,” Sadoski said. “Last year I prepared my body very well, but I didn’t prepare my mind very well. I was all over the place mentally. Being my last year, it means a lot more to be focused on the season as much as possible.”
This year, the Bears are off to a rough start, going 6-10 during what Smith calls a rebuilding year.
Even in a transition season, Sadoski is still playing a major role for the team. With more than half their starters gone from last year’s squad, and being one of four captains, Sadoski is trying to show the newcomers and veterans alike the way things are suppose to be done.
“It’s just the way he acts when he is on the field,” said junior pitcher Adam Mullen. “He is all business as soon as he steps in-between these lines and he is on the field. During warm-ups he does the same thing every day, he is really in the zone whenever he steps on. That gives us a little boost offensively and defensively.”
While Sadoski will provide his complete games on the mound every few days or so, it is his leadership which will give the Bears the foundation for the future.
“He is another leader on the field and another leader on the bench,” Smith said. “Andy doesn’t do it by telling the other players what to do, he does it by saying ‘Follow me,’ which is a big plus because the other kids respect that.”
Greg Dudek is The Comment’s Editor-In-Chief. Follow him on Twitter at gdudek10 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.