BANGOR – When he digs into the box, Coffee News Comrades shortstop Zach Ireland is always looking for heat.
“I love fastball’s and i’m definitely a fastball hitter,” Ireland said.
Bangor baseball’s shortstop raked in the two spot this season and became one of its most clutch players.
“Having been in those pressure situations I think really prepares you at the plate,” Ireland said.
It also pays off in the field.
“For pitchers you know it’s really nice when they stand on the mound and they can know throw the ball and if it gets hit it’s going to be fielded and its going to be an out,” Coffee News Comrades right fielder Nick Canarr said.
“He really gives you that confidence when you’re out there that he s going to make the play,” he added.
Ireland sat for two years behind previous Bangor shortstop Kyle Stevenson, a four-year starter. Time Ireland spent learning and observing.
“I mean it took me a little bit to come in and get a feel for it but I think confidence is gained over time. The more you play the more confident you’re gonna be,” Ireland said.
His slick hands and powerful bat made enough noise this season to reach Portland and the University of Southern Maine.
“Playing at USM i’m going to be playing for coach Flaherty something big and the history that he’s created there is very impressive,” Ireland said.
“Everyone always wants to play college baseball and I started to work at it from a very young age,” he added.