“He had a phenomenal spring,” Shwam said. “He started a little slow, but he came on strong.”
Another Hawkeye with a record to beat is Eann Cox, of Erie Ill., who pitched a strong 2013 season and, as a sophomore, led Black Hawk College in RBIs. Cox pitched and played first base in 51 games. His batting average was the second highest on the team.
“He is a strong two-way player,” Shwam said. “He can play first or pitch and he is fantastic on offense.”
Luke Mould, of Athens Ala., is another strong pitcher for the Hawkeyes, according to the coach. The sophomore pitched 16 games for the University of Alabama.
“We have three great players from Alabama,” Shwam said. “All three had a great year.”
The Cooperstown Hawkeyes played their first season on Doubleday Field in 2010 and moved to the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League the next year.
Players are recruited from around the country and Canada. They are hosted in and around Cooperstown for the summer season.
“These kids may be up and coming professional players,” Shwam said. “Some of them go pro. They are all serious about the sport.”
The first recorded baseball game played on Doubleday Field was on Sept. 6, 1920 between Cooperstown and a team called the Cuban Giants. The game was part of a street fair celebration sponsored by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce. Cooperstown won the game 9-8.