“He is very composed on the mound,” said Edick. “His first outing he had typical freshmen nerves, but after that he settled in quite well for us.”
Haney said that composure has always been with him throughout high school, where he also played basketball and football. In regards to baseball, he said it all boils down to relaxation, focus, and taking it one pitch at a time.
“When I go back up to the mound, I just relax, close my eyes, and take a deep breath,” said Haney. “It helps me focus in on what I need to do. It helps me focus in on just the next pitch and not the whole big picture.”
That focus should help Haney excel, as he continues to want to improve by playing summer ball and increasing his strength.
“I met with someone last week about making a workout plan for the year so I’m hoping to start that up this summer and continue through the year,” said Haney.
Added Edick, “He needs to get stronger and I think if he does, he will be an exceptional pitcher for us.
“Of course, you’re better when you’re stronger and I think he’s buying into that,” Edick continued.
With a .353 batting average in his senior season of high school and the versatility to play multiple field positions, Haney is also hopeful that he can contribute in the batter’s box as well as on the field for the Wildcats.
“I’m hitting now in summer league and pitching and I’m hoping that I could get in there next year,” said Haney. “I feel like I could help if I was able to play the field and hit as well as pitch.”
Whether or not he will be utilized as a hitter on the college field, it’s clear that his presence on the mound will be a regularity in the years to come, something that both player and coach are happy about.