All areas of the Oregon State baseball team do early work each practice day. Most of the time I see the INF taking ground balls.
The OF and C have their drills, and they hit in the cage. The INF, however, have an honorary standout each week.
Associate head coach Marty Lees works with the INF, and picks someone who works the hardest and makes significant strides. Sometimes superior leadership qualities go into the decision.
Whoever wins that honor gets to wear the orange shirt for a week. This week it’s Kavin Keyes. Check him out fielding below at SS on Tuesday, and above is the back of the shirt. There’s a better view of the back of the shirt when you look at the home page of the blog since the photo is bigger.
Also, check out my story on Lees if you haven’t see it, yet. It ran in Tuesday’s GT. Find out why I call him the backbone of the program and why coach Pat Casey named him the coach-in-waiting.
Also, I asked OSU about baseball scheduling since someone asked on teh blog, there will be no Pac-12 tournament in the near future. One reason is the coach coaches don’t like to tear up their pitching before a regional.
Another reason is the geographic size of the conference makes it not work the money. The southern and eastern schools are in closer proximity and fans will travel by car to make it a draw at the gate. That’s not the case with the Pac-12 so spread out.