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Pitcher steps up from reliever post

Left-hander Iain Isdale enjoys control of starter role

Posted 4/23/19

Iain Isdale likes to be in control. The senior Chaparral left-handed pitcher who has signed to play baseball at Northern Colorado next season has as many saves as wins in his high school career and …

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Student-athlete spotlight

Pitcher steps up from reliever post

Left-hander Iain Isdale enjoys control of starter role

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Iain Isdale likes to be in control.

The senior Chaparral left-handed pitcher who has signed to play baseball at Northern Colorado next season has as many saves as wins in his high school career and is being utilized more as a starter this season.

“Going in to start a game you are in control of a lot of things and you know you can take care of things,” said Isdale. “When you are relieving with a guy on second and third with one out, you are kind of forced to work with the situation.

“Starting you can be a little bit more laid back, but relieving you have to be focused right from the beginning. It's tough but in the long run I like starting because I feel like I can help the team more throughout the entire game.”

Isdale is mostly a fastball, slider pitcher but has developed a change-up to have another pitch to help him, since he is forced to face hitters more than once as a starting pitcher.

Key stats:

In games prior to April 18, Isdale had a 0.82 earned run average with a 2-0 record and three saves with 17 innings pitched in nine appearances.

Coach's take:

`He is having a great year. He has been a reliever and now he is doing well as a starter.'

Alan Digiosio,

Chaparral baseball coach

Q&A with Isdale

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Nolan Arenado, because of just the way he plays the game. He's the model a teammate as a baseball player.

What would be a perfect performance in your sport?

Being efficient and getting the job done right off the bat as a starter

What is your favorite class subject and why?

I really like European history. It's interesting because we don't hear about it.

What do you like to do away from sports and school?

Baseball takes up a lot of time. I like hanging out with my baseball guys. And even when I'm not playing, I like to watch baseball.

Do left-handed pitchers have an advantage?

When hitters practice they see it from the right side. When they see a lefty, it kind of throws them off. A lot of it is mental. People are nervous to face lefties. Pitches are breaking different ways and it's not what hitters are used to.

Is throwing breaking pitches dangerous for youth pitchers?

If you learn to throw it wrong, there is some danger. If you learn to throw the curve ball the proper way I don't think there is too much of a risk to your arm

What do you think of the CHSAA pitch limitation rules?

I think the limits are efficient. They are there to protect us.

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