As a first year college athlete, Sawyer Haney said he was hoping to get some valuable experience on the mound at SUNY IT. He didn't imagine his experience would include pitching in the championship game as a freshman.
“Being able to pitch in the championship game was a privilege,” said Haney, a former Cooperstown Central School pitcher and 2013 graduate. “I obviously had some nerves, but having some starts before that game brought them down.”
In game two of the NEAC Championship, Haney was the starting pitcher and held Penn St. Berks to just one run over five innings before having some trouble in the sixth and forcing a change up on the mound.
“He did his part for that game,” said SUNYIT head coach Kevin Edick. “He did a good job.”
Edick, who recruited Haney, said that the improvement in his freshmen season alone was very evident.
“We saw a lot of potential on the mound (when recruiting him),” said Edick. “He improved all the way through fall ball, jumped right into the fire this spring season, and was one of our top four pitchers.
“He’s got some good stuff, he hits his spots, and he has the attitude to achieve,” continued Edick.
Haney, who finished his senior season at CCS with a 2.57 ERA, said that he noticed some improvement in his pitching once they hit the spring season.
“I saw a few mph added to my speed after winter and I saw myself getting more accurate,” said Haney.
“It really helped having a great pitching coach in Pat Baker,” Haney continued.
Haney finished the season with a 1-4 record, having pitched in 8 games and just over 37 innings. He had a 7.88 ERA.
What Edick stressed as one of Haney’s best attributes was his composure on the mound, a quality that is crucial for any pitcher to succeed.