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30 Titans in 30 Days....Day 2 Mike Odenwaelder.

POSTED May 09, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Day 2

Michael Odenwaelder

College: Amherst

Year: Sophomore

Position: Infield

Hometown: Goshen, CT

Titans Outlook: Odenwaelder had a cup of coffee with the Titans in 2012, appearing in seven games, four during the regular season and three in the FCBL playoffs.

His debut was a strong one as the former Wamogo star doubled in a run during the Titans 7-0 win over the Seacoast Mavericks on July 30.

He would finish the regular season with a .300 mark (3-10) that included two doubles and an RBI.

You could say he has found his stroke in a big way this spring with Amherst College.

How are these for stats?

A .369 batting average in 30 games in which he scored 30 runs on 38 hits.

Add in seven two-baggers, four triples, two home-runs and 19 RBI's and you can see why he was named Player of the Week in the NESCAC.

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A .573 slugging mark, .414 on-base percentage and for good measure, he was 10-11 in steal attempts.

Always a big swinger, Odenwaelder struck out just 13 times in 103 at bats this spring.

Odenwaelder credits his time as a member of the Titans last summer with helping him this spring.

"Last summer I was going up against D-I players on a regular basis and at some point, I stopped being as aggressive as I used to be." Odenwaelder said. "It helped my confidence when I found I could hit any pitching at any level and that has translated this spring at Amherst."

Coming back to Fuessenich Park to play summer ball is a big positive for the former Warrior.

"Being able to stay at home then come down to the park to play baseball is great, I'm real excited." Odenwaelder said.

Goals?

"I just want to continue to get better, I have a lot to learn. I've worked hard on being able to handle the breaking pitches better. I just have to stay back and let the ball come to me."

Sounds like one returning local is looking forward to letting the FCBL see what the NESCAC saw this past spring.


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