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“THE CLUB” THE OFFICIAL NEWS LETTER OF FULL COUNT BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL EVENTS SCHEDULE

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“2009 Fall Club” Bigger and Better

 Sun. 9/13 DH North vs. Gallaghers @ Sondeck park (H) (SB) 11am  Wed. 9/16 South vs. Toms River B-Sox (H) Rowland 6:30pm North @ NJ Pirates (A) 6:30pm  Sept. 19/20 Diamond Nation Invitational Tournament  Wed. 9/23 South @ Farrah Builders 6:30pm North @ Raritan Valley CC. 4:30pm  9/25-9/27 Long Island,NY Blue Chips Tourney INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Opening Week

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Work fast, change speeds & throw strikes Coach Korneski

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Player Perspective

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Recruiting Corner “Choosing The Right Fit”

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9/2/09 NJ Cardinals 4 - Full-Count (North) 1 Full Count North opened the fall season with a 4-1 loss to the North Jersey Cardinals. The 2009 fall opener was played on Wednesday night (9/2) in Parsippany. Although, the “North” team suffered their first loss of the season, some of the Full Count talent was still on display. Here are some of the highlights from Game One. Kevin Olah, Lou Mazzella, and Kyle Herron each reached first base on a single, while Mike Ridge laced one into the gap for a double. Also, Brian Gaeta dove in the only run for the Full Count squad. Also, here are some of the quality pitching performances in game one. Mike Reilly pitched two scoreless innings in relief, allowing only two runners to reach base. Justin White retired the side in order on just four pitches and Mark Wilson struck out the side in a scoreless inning in relief. 9/9/09 Full-Count (North) 7- Diamond Jacks 5 Full Count North was able to rebound in their second game with a win over the Jack Cust Baseball Academy Diamond Jacks. Game two was played last Wednesday (9/9) night in Flemington, NJ at Diamond Nation. Here are some of the highlights from Game 2. Mike Ridge plated the winning the run with a single. Mike Olah had three hits including a triple and a RBI. Matt Wagner provided some timely hitting with a bases loaded triple. Lou Mazzella and David Shanz each had a sin-

gle and a sacrifice, while Brian Geata had an RBI for the second straight game. On the mound, Andrew Hille earned his first win of the fall by tossing a scoreless eighth inning. Mike Reilly picked up his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning. Reilly allowed the first two batters to reach base via a walk and a double. He struck out the next two batters and recorded the third out on a groundball to the short stop. Mike Cranston pitched two scoreless innings without giving up a hit. Also, Anthony Parenti struck out three batters in a scoreless inning of relief. 2/2/09 Dave Gallagher Baseball 5 Full Count (South) 4 Full Count South opened up on Wednesday night (9/2) at Rowland Park in South Brunswick. Unfortunately, Full Count dropped their first game of the season to Dave Gallagher’s with a score of 5-4. It proved to be a game of missed opportunities for both teams. Here are some of the highlights from game one. Kyle Vito, Dom Vocisano, Bobby Peck, and Zack Hopf each recorded a single while Eric Perez went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Cody Pace also reached base three times and scored once and Andres Vasquez had a single and an RBI. Full Count had 15 runners reach base. On the mound Jordan DelSol, Sean Gillan and Zack Hopf pitched scoreless innings against Dave Gallagher Baseball. 2/9/09 Full Count (South) 2 Toms River Black Sox 2 (10 innings)

Full Count traveled to Toms River Little League on Wednesday night (9/9) to face the historic Toms River Black Sox franchise. Both pitching staffs were on display as the 10 inning game resulted in a 2-2 tie. Here are some of the highlights from Game Two. Dominic Vocisano, Eric Perez, Matt Nesto, and Juan Perdomo had one hit each, while Cody Pace was 2 for 3 with a stolen base. Also, Bobby Peck was was 2 for 3 with a double, a run scored, and a RBI. Also, Full Count’s pitching staff combined to throw ten innings without giving up an earned run. Keith Sanchez, Sean Gillan, Nick Marics, Jordan Del Sol, and Dylan Papa each pitched two quality innings to preserve a 2-2 tie. The staff yielded just four hits and four walks in the ten innings while pitching to contact and consistently working in advantage counts. This news letter section “The Spotlight” will highlight both personal and team achievements through out the fall and the upcoming year.


“THE CLUB” THE OFFICIAL NEWS LETTER OF FULL COUNT BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL

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“Work Fast, Change Speeds, Throw Strikes”

 Sat. 9/12 DH South vs. The Ballpark of farmingdale . (H) Rowland 3pm Sun. 9/13 DH North vs. Gallaghers @ Sondeck park (H) (SB) 11am  Wed. 9/16 South vs. Toms River B-Sox (H) Rowland 6:30pm North @ NJ Pirates (A)6:30pm  Sept. 19/20 Diamond Nation Invitational Tournament  Wed. 9/23 South @ Farrah Builders 6:30pm North @ Raritan Valley CC. 4:30pm  9/25-9/27 Long Island,NY

written by Coach Mike Korneski from the Desk of Coach Tim Banos The legendary pitching coach Ray Miller kept this sign posted on his desk, and it is great advice for pitchers at all levels. However, it must be implemented into a pitchers routine through practice and repetition by building muscle memory to throw quality strikes with the fastball and off-speed pitches In order to throw quality strikes and hit the spots repeatedly pitchers need to have consistent release points on their pitches. One way to practice this is by doing lead up drills from the stride position. Balance position, stretch, and then full wind up. Doing these drills from 40-45 feet as a part of a routine between starts allows for pitchers

to throw more often with less exertion in order to gain an understanding of their mechanics, and hit their spots when they are pitching in games. Once a a pitcher has developed a consistent release point on his fastball and off-speed pitches the philosophy can be easily implemented. It will allow starters to get deeper into games , keep the fielders on their toes ready to make plays, and keep hitters off balance knowing that they can not wait the pitcher out trying to draw a walk or raise a pitch count. All pitchers should remember to work fast, change speeds, and throw strikes, Babe Ruth is Dead!

-Coach Korneski is the pitching coordinator for Full Count Baseball Club. He pitched at Division I , Fairfield University and a very successful high school baseball coach for 12 years at both South Brunswick and his Alma-mater Edison HS. He was an All-State pitcher for the 1991 Group IV champions

Blue Chips Tourney

Players Perspective INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

“The College Experience” by Connor Henderson

Opening Week

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Work fast, change speeds & throw strikes Coach Korneski

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Player Perspective

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Recruiting Corner “Choosing The Right Fit”

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As a freshmen, there a million things going through your mind before your first practice in the fall. I found myself questioning whether I was actually good enough to play in college. I was so curious to see how good the players on the team were and whether I could compete with them. I was also very nervous to go through my first practice with my new head coach. Head coaches can be such nice guys while they are recruiting you and become drill sergeants as soon as you step on the field. Luckily for me, my coach at The College of New Jersey made all the new players feel comfortable and eased into everything. During my first practice, the coaches and

veteran players went over everything we do as a program. They covered almost everything we will do in the fall and showed us most of the drills we will be doing during practices. Once we got deeper into the fall, we started playing a lot of intersquad games and that is when I started to feel more comfortable. I started to realize that I had to ability to play at the college level and that I was there for a reason. My best advice to incoming freshman would be to play hard and play with confidence. You want to stand out, but it is important to stand out for the right reasons. You don’t want to be known as the freshman who is

full of himself or trying to show other people up just to be recognized. Paying attention to small details is also extremely important. It is not okay to do things on your own way and on your own schedule. You are given a lot of freedom in college and it is vital that you do the right things on and off the field. All college players have the talent, but what will make you a successful player is devoting yourself to your team and working hard to improve every day. Connor is currently a junior at The College of New Jersey. Connor posted a record of 7– 1 which led him to 1st team All-Conference (NJAC) and 1st team (NCAA) AllMid Atlantic Region honors.


“THE CLUB” THE OFFICIAL NEWS LETTER OF FULL COUNT BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL

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Recruiting Corner By Matthew D. Belford MA

 Sat. 9/12 DH South vs. The Ballpark of farmingdale . (H) Rowland 3pm Sun. 9/13 DH North vs. Gallaghers @ Sondeck park (H) (SB) 11am

“Finding The Right Fit”

 Sept. 19/20 Diamond Nation Invitational Tournament

There is no doubt that being a recruited baseball is great feeling. Family members begin to get excited, you get to tell all your friends about the interest you are receiving, and you have a stack of envelopes sitting in your house as the evidence. Great, well now what do you do? How do you go about deciding which school will fulfill that lifelong dream of playing college baseball?

 Wed. 9/23 South @ Farrah Builders 6:30pm North @ Raritan Valley CC. 4:30pm

The truth is ONLY you have the answer and there is a formula for deciding which school will be the “right fit” for you.

 Wed. 9/16 South vs. Toms River B-Sox (H) Rowland 6:30pm North @ NJ Pirates (A)6:30pm

 9/25-9/27 Long Island,NY Blue Chips Tourney

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Opening Week

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Work fast, change speeds & throw strikes Coach Korneski

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Player Perspective

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Recruiting Corner “Choosing The Right Fit”

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The first important thing to remember when choosing a college is that you will be the one attending the school, not your mom or your dad. You will be the one who sits in the countless hours of college lectures, you will be the one who walks that campus everyday, and you will be the one who plays for that coach and with those teammates. Make a decision based upon what that school is going to offer you. (Side note: Your parents may be the one that is playing or helping to pay your tuition. All parents and guardians should have input as attending college is an important financial decision.) To help you determine if an institution is offering what your value, you can conduct an exercise called “Match Game”. “Match Game” is a simple, but

very important exercise. Just lock yourself into a room for about an hour and write down the forty most important things you would like the school to have or offer (i.e. size of student population, level of academic competitiveness, class size, size and location of campus, dining hall and dormitory quality or setup). Nothing is out of bounds or off-limits. Remember, these are forty things that YOU want. Do not think to hard, this is a brainstorming session, and what ever you think, just write it down. Once you have reached your “Match Game” goal, put that list aside and do not look at it for a week. The only reason you might look at it during that week is to add something to the list that you may have realized you left off. However, you may not take anything off your list until a week later. Once a week has passed, you now must trim your list down to the top twenty-five things you want or feel are important in an institution. At this point, it may be a good idea to enlist one or two “advisors” that will help you with your list and provide another prospective for you. You will continue this process until you have arrived at your “TOP TEN”. Now that you have ten things that you have deemed important, all you have to do is match the institution

that most accurately addresses your list. A goal would be to try to match eight out of your top ten. The mistake that most prospects make is that they look at what a school has and not at what they want or need. Remember, this is the choice that will hopefully fulfill all your dreams about what it would be like to be a collegiate baseball player. Start your planning now!


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