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Albany State Golden Rams Goes Undefeated in SIAC!

 

 

Twenty wins. No losses. That’s what a perfect conference record looks like, just ask AXE college Albany State University Rams baseball team.

Sunday, April 14, 2014 wrapped up an undefeated conference season for the Golden Rams with a three-game sweep of Paine College. Lead by two-time SIAC Coach of the Year Kenyan Conner and Assistant Coach John Flynt, the team ended the season 20-0 in conference and 32-18 overall.

The Rams had a solid start on the year with a pair of wins. Although they struggled with an 8-game losing streak early on in the season, the Rams came back strong when it mattered most. This Division II powerhouse mowed down every SIAC Conference team they faced.  

As a team, the Rams posted a batting average of .307 on the season wielding the AXE, with 110 hits, 98 runs, 8 homeruns, 3 triples and 19 doubles.

Six Albany State Gold Rams were recognized by the league: Reise McDaniel, Robert Latner, Ryan Latner, Jacob Campbell, Allen Hardy and John Paul Bernard.

2014 SIAC Baseball First Team All-Conference  

Name

Position

Class

School

Robert Latner

C

Senior

Albany State

Nick Baldelli-Boggs

1B

Senior

Stillman

Ryan Latner

2B

Junior

Albany State

Fernando Tanaka

SS

Junior

Stillman

Cash Oliver

3B

Senior

Tuskegee

James Campbell

OF

Senior

Albany State

Joseph Falletta

SP

Senior

Stillman

Tyler Vails

RP

Senior

Stillman

    2014 SIAC Baseball Second Team All-Conference  

Name

Position

Class

School

Johnny Surry

C

Sophomore

Clark Atlanta

Andre Collum

1B

Sophomore

Kevin Davis

2B

Junior

Benedict

Allen Hardy

SS

Junior

Albany State

Paul Winterbottom

3B

Junior

Stillman

Daniel Young

OF

Sophomore

Benedict

John Paul Benard

SP

Freshman

Albany State

Justin Langdale

RP

R-Sophomore

Miles

  Player of the Year: Fernando Tanaka, Stillman Starting Pitcher of the Year: Joseph Falletta, Stillman Relief Pitcher of the Year: Tyler Vails, Stillman Utility Player of the Year: Daniel Young, Benedict Freshman of the Year: Reise McDaniel, Albany State Coach of the Year: Kenyan Conner, Albany State

GO RAMS!

Written by Annie-Rose Schindler — April 30, 2014

Danielle Lawrie's Q&A of the Week

Danielle Lawrie answers your questions! Today she talks about how to reach your goal of playing college softball, Madison's future in sports, training for faster pitches, and tips to combat blisters from pitching. Have other questions? Ask them below in the comments section!

Written by Annie-Rose Schindler — April 29, 2014

5 Proven Reasons Axe Bats are Superior

Let us count the ways.

An academic study has found an axe-shaped bat handle offers players significantly more bat control, power transfer and acceleration while significantly decreasing the risk of injury compared to traditional bats with round knobs and handles.

The study, conducted by Vijay Gupta, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering, and a team of researchers, found that the axe-shaped handle on the new Axe Bat gives players better grip stability, improved power transfer and more bat acceleration, resulting in improved hitting performance. Additionally, the study found that the geometrical features of the handle, notably, its oval shape, angled knob and flush backside profile, combine to form a unique, ergonomic design that spreads swing forces more evenly across a batter’s bottom hand, reducing the likelihood of injuries to the hamate bone and ulnar nerve and decreasing the potential for thrown bats.

The study, which used NCAA Division I baseball players and slow-motion video analysis, applied principles of dynamics and biomechanics to compare bats with axe-shaped handles to those with traditional round knobs. The analysis extended to comfort, bat control, transfer of power to the ball and injury potential.

“Looking at both handle types from a biomechanical standpoint, the angled knob with a flush backside offers many compelling advantages,” said Gupta, who authored the study. “This includes a more stable grip and a more even distribution of swing forces on the hand and palm, resulting in a safer, more comfortable, and more controlled swing.” This finding agrees with other studies where players consistently reported the ergonomic shape of the Axe Bat to be more comfortable.

The Axe Bat is engineered to follow the natural contours of a batter’s hand. The design promotes proper, palm-up, palm-down hitting mechanics and helps batters achieve a more consistent swing plane.

The biomechanical analysis presented in the study found that compared to bats with round knobs and handles, the Axe Bat offers:

1. IMPROVED GRIP STABILITY
 The Axe Bat distributes the forces generated by the bat during the swing over more surface area, resulting in a more stable grip and better bat control.

2. MORE EFFICIENT POWER TRANSFER

The geometry of the Axe Bat eliminates the pressure points caused by a round knob, allowing the batter to generate more grip force with less muscle tension. Because less muscle exertion is dedicated to gripping and controlling the bat, the batter is able to transfer more power to the swing.

3. ENHANCED BARREL ACCELERATION

The Axe Bat puts the batter’s wrist in a more neutral position, providing an additional 15-20 degrees of in-plane bat rotation prior to ball strike. This gives the batter more space to accelerate the barrel in any direction, enhancing the ability to track the plane of the ball and/or achieve maximum bat speed at the point of contact.

    4. REDUCED RISK OF INJURY

    The Axe Bat allows the batter to better control the “hammer effect” (see videos below) that occurs during ball strike when the lower handle and knob oscillate violently between the fingers and the hypothenar region of the batter’s palm. With a protruding round knob, this effect puts tremendous pressure on the hamate bone and is a major cause of hamate bone injuries. The Axe Bat eliminates the protrusion because of its ergonomic design.

                

       

      5. DECREASED RISK OF THROWN BATS

      The Axe Bat removes localized pressure from the ulnar nerve in the lower hand. Bats with round knobs apply greater direct pressure to this area, which can lead to the involuntary relaxation of the grip through the pinching of the ulnar nerve. High-speed video proves that most thrown bats begin with the release of the grip by the lower hand.

                 

         

        Want to learn more? Click here to read the full study.

         

        About Vijay Gupta, Ph.D.

        Vijay Gupta is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He received a Bachelor of Technology degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT. His research includes sports biomechanics. He holds multiple U.S. patents and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

        Written by Annie-Rose Schindler — April 24, 2014

        Do-It-Yourself: Fastpitch Frenchie Braid!

        Bored of the same old pony tail? Try the Fastpitch Frenchie Braid!

        Here's How:

        Step 1: Part your hair to one side. Divide out a one-inch strip of hair all the way from your part, down to your ear. Sweep the rest of your hair out of the way. French braid the one-inch section all the way down until just slightly below the ear and secure with a clear rubber band or bobby pin.

        Step 2: Divide hair into an identical one-inch section of hair just behind the first braid. French braid the one-inch section all the way down until just slightly below the ear, just like the first, and secure with a clear rubber band or bobby pin.

        Step 3: Sweep the rest of your hair off to the same side as your braids and fishtail the hair all the way to the bottom. A regular braid works too.

        Step 4: You're done!

        Step 5: Add the Danielle Lawrie headband for some flare and PLAY BALL!

        (Danielle Lawrie headband can be found here)

        Asbury Eagles Hungry for Conference Title

        In her second year of coaching at Axe College Asbury University, Samantha DeMartine and the Asbury Eagles are sitting pretty with a 12-10 record in the KIAC conference.

        DeMartine started coaching for the Eagles last year as an assistant coach, but took over as the head coach halfway into the 2012-2013 season. DeMartine’s knowledge for the game developed from her four-year career at the University of Kentucky. “I choose to continue to coach because I believe that is one of my purposes God has put me here on this earth for, to help young women achieve far beyond what they expect from themselves and to become better ball players, but also women,” said DeMartine.

        Inspired by her father, Doug DeMartine, and her college coaches, Rachel Lawson and Kristine Himes, DeMartine is a coach dedicated to constant improvement. Continually on the lookout for new drills to help her girls perform, DeMartine was drawn to the AXE bat. “The AXE Bat definitely helps with a good hand position at contact. The Unique handle shows us when we are not hitting the ball to our greatest potential. It helps teach the girls the simple truth of palm up and palm down at contact and all the way through extension,” explains Coach DeMartine.

        The Eagles currently post a 0.298 team batting average and 0.427 slugging percentage. With only eight games remaining in the season, the Asbury Eagles are sitting in fourth place hungry for the conference title.

         

        Q&A with Danielle Lawrie

        Hey guys! I wanted to take a few minutes to answer a great question I received this week from Amber on pitching. I hope this helps & let me know if you have any follow-up questions. Thanks again so much for following and wishing you a VERY Happy Easter!!

         

        Danielle

         

        Written by Annie-Rose Schindler — April 18, 2014

        Meet Danielle Lawrie

        Hi guys, I couldn't be more excited to be representing the Axe bat and Baden Sports! What an exciting journey it has been, and it is only going to get better!

        I will be writing and creating video blogs on axebat.com weekly, and will be giving you as much valuable information as I can! I look forward to more blogs and video messages to come, and to get your feedback and answer questions!! Below is a video introducing myself, letting you know what I've been up to lately and what's to come! See you next week! - Danielle

         

        Written by Annie-Rose Schindler — April 04, 2014

        University of Memphis Head Coach Schoenrock Reaches 250th Career Coaching Win

        Axe Bat would like to congratulate AXE exclusive Head Coach Daron Schoenrock from the University of Memphis on his 250th career coaching win! On Tuesday, February 25th, the Memphis Tigers defeated the Belmont Bruins 2-1 at FedExPark, giving Coach Schoenrock his milestone win.

        In 2004, Daron Schoenrock was hired as the University of Memphis Head Baseball Coach. In just his second campaign coaching at Memphis, Coach Schoenrock led the Tigers to a 32-win season. Since coming to the University of Memphis, he has brought in three nationally-ranked recruiting classes, with 12 Tigers drafted and 13 signing pro deals. Regarded as one of college baseball’s premier pitching coaches, he has coached 86 players who have gone on to sign professional baseball contracts.

        His impact has reached players both on and off the field. In his first year with Memphis, his team recorded the program’s highest GPA ever. In the fall of 2010, the Tigers again reached a program-high GPA of 3.278 and have consistently held a GPA of 3.0 or higher since.

        Schoenrock is currently in his 10th season as Head Coach of the Memphis baseball team. Last year, the Tigers had the program’s seventh 30-win season. Not only did Coach Schoenrock lead his team to its best winning percentage (.593) since 1994 with a 35-24 record, he was also named the Keith LeClair Coach of the Year.

        The Memphis Tigers are currently 7-1 for the 2013-2014 season.

        AXE exclusive U. of Mary Hardin-Baylor Head Coach Ben Shipp Earns 300th Career Win

         

        We’d like to congratulate Coach Ben Shipp of AXE exclusive University of Mary Hardin-Baylor on his 300th career victory! Last Friday he led the now undefeated Cru baseball team (4-0) to the milestone win, which had never before been achieved at UMHB.

        Coach Shipp began coaching high school baseball and football in 1980. In 1985 he took the position as head baseball coach for University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, until moving into UMHB’s Director of Athletics role in 1996 and later advancing to become the Vice President for Athletics in 2002. Under his guidance, UMHB won 17 conference championships, had 130 All-Americans and 38 Academic All-Americans. In the summer of 2012, Coach Shipp stepped down as Athletics VP to return to coaching. 

        Inspired by the great teachers and caretakers of the game, such as Ben Hines, Mark Johnson, Augie Garrido, Gary Ward, Jack Leggett, and Wayne Graham, Coach Shipp is committed to his craft and his players.

        “I continue coaching because I love teaching baseball to these young players and seeing their excitement when it all begins to make sense to them,” says Shipp. “I love seeing a team come together in the spring and play as a single unit with team goals driving their commitment.”

        Last season, Coach Shipp led the Cru to a 21-21 record, which earned them a berth into the American Southwest Conference Tournament for the first time in four seasons. The Cru went 10-8 in ASC West Division and were expected to return 13 letter winners from that team this year.

        “Winning a playoff game in our first year was a thrill. I saw the confidence of our young guys go through the roof and they have carried that experience into this season,” said Shipp.

        Among his most recent accomplishments, Coach Shipp was named Chairman of the NCAA Division III Baseball National Committee for the 2013-2014 school year and will continue on the committee through 2016.

        "I am honored to serve Division III Baseball as the chair of the National Committee," says Shipp. "It is a privilege to work with 7 other representatives from across the country who lend their time and experience to putting together a great championship."