EHS pitcher hopes to mold arms of the future through clinics

first_img Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] ELLSWORTH — For seniors at Hancock County high schools, graduation is only one semester away. Conner Wagstaff wants to make the time he has left time count.Between getting his house in order for college and graduation and pitching his final season for the Ellsworth baseball team, the next few months will be plenty busy for Wagstaff. Yet there’s something else on Wagstaff’s to-do list: ensuring the Eagles have a foundation for the future on the mound.“Looking back on it, there are just so many things I wish I had learned at a younger age when it came to pitching and technique,” Wagstaff said. “It’s important for them to learn the mental aspect of the game and have us to look up to.”To give younger players hands-on experience, Wagstaff is running a once-a-week pitching clinic at Ellsworth’s Katsiaficas Gymnasium. The five-week clinics began Sunday morning with separate sessions being held for the 7-11 and 12-15 age groups.Ellsworth senior Conner Wagstaff instructs a young player during a pitching clinic Jan. 27 at Ellsworth High School. Wagstaff, a senior, will be playing college baseball at Southern New Hampshire University next year after he pitches his final season for the Eagles this spring. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWagstaff, a two-time All-Penobscot Valley Conference selection, has made pitching look easy in his three years at Ellsworth. As a junior last season, he went 6-0 in the regular season as he struck out 65 batters and posted a 2.25 ERA.Originally, Wagstaff’s plan for getting involved at the youth level was to coach in the Ellsworth Little League program in the spring. With the Little League International season coinciding with varsity baseball, though, there simply wasn’t enough time.“I thought about it, but I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do it,” Wagstaff said. “I also wasn’t sure what I age group I wanted to work with. I thought these clinics would be a good idea because I knew I could do them in the winter and solve both those problems.”There is much to be learned about pitching at the youth level, where many players are still learning the basic rules and fundamentals of the game. Yet the No. 1 sticking point for young pitchers, Wagstaff said, is muscle memory.“Thinking is the worst thing you can do as a pitcher,” Wagstaff said. “You want to not have to think about having the ball back, getting your knee up or getting your toe pointed so you can focus on the batter.”After the last clinic is held Feb. 24, Wagstaff will turn his attention to his final season as an Eagle. In the fall, he will head to Southern New Hampshire University on a baseball scholarship.“It’s kind of surreal to think I’ll be going up against college-level players,” Wagstaff said. “Whether you’re teaching or playing, you’re always learning, and that’s what this is all about.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020last_img read more

Play’n GO hires Stuart Trigwell as UK commercial lead

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities July 2, 2020 LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Submit Share Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Share Stuart TrigwellSwedish industry games and content provider Play’n GO has moved to strengthen its UK commercial operations by appointing Stuart Trigwell as its new UK Sales Manager.Trigwell joins Play’n GO having served as UK Director of Sales for international betting systems Global Bet (2015 -2017). He will be charged with leading Play’n GO UK industry commercial partnerships; a key area that Play’n GO management have targeted for corporate growth.At present, currently services content partnerships with Bet365, BetVictor, and Unibet. The company has opened a London office to aid its UK ambitions.Johan Törnqvist, Group CEO at Play’n GO, commented on the appointment: “This is an exciting time for Play’n GO as we look to grow our commercial and staffing presence in the UK, where we see our games to perform very strongly.“Stuart is a key part of this strategy. His previous high-level experience working with and for leading operators, as well as within the supply sector will be invaluable going forward. But his appointment will be the first of many as we have big plans to stamp our mark on the UK market.”Trigwell commented on joining on Play’n GO “I’m excited to be at such an innovative company who have continued to set the industry benchmark in recent years. I’m really looking forward to shaping our UK presence in the coming years as we continue our ambitious expansion plans.”last_img read more