Canaan's Kyle Considine Throwing Bullets for Gettysburg College. Story by John Torsiello.
By, JOHN TORSIELLO
Canaan’s Kyle Considine has been playing some form of baseball for as long as he can remember.
“I feel like I have been playing baseball my entire life,” said the Taft School (Watertown) graduate and freshman pitcher for the Gettysburg College baseball team. “My dad bought me this plush baseball when I was just a newborn, and I feel like that kind of took care of itself. Since then I was always in the backyard playing Whiffle with friends or throwing with dad.”
Considine, the son of John and Michelle Considine, is in Florida with his team as it plays various clubs from around the country to prepare for its northern season, which starts Mar. 19 against Susquehanna College at home.
“As a freshman, my goal is to assist my team in any way I can to ensure that we have a spot in the playoffs. I just have to work as hard as I can in every practice to myself in the best position I can to do so.”
He reports that pre-season baseball for Gettysburg, a Division III college in the Pennsylvania town made famous by the Civil War battle, started Feb 1. The appropriately named Bullets play in the Centennial Conference.
“A lot of the guys on the team have labs at night for certain classes, so we had all of our practices afterwards from 10 p.m. to midnight. Needless to say, I have been rather tired this past month juggling baseball along with my academics and physical training, but I wouldn’t ask for anything else. In the classroom, I tend to perform well. I went to a challenging boarding school for high school, so I am used to my professors expecting a lot out of me on a daily basis.”
Considine enjoyed a solid career at Taft where he was All-Founders League selection and recorded a minuscule 1.71 earned run average as a hurler his junior year. He talked about is choice of colleges.
“I could tell that Gettysburg would be a good fit for me. It’s a great academic school filled with good hearted people, and I have been fortunate to have made a solid friend group. I can tell that I have already made friends for life. I had to choose between a few schools, and I could tell that Gettysburg was the school for me.”
Considine can also play centerfield and first base but it appears as though his role with the Bullets will be as a hurler. In the fall, his fastball topped out at 87 miles an hour, but tends to come in around the low 80’s throughout a game. He throws a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball, a changeup, and a curveball.
“My curveball is my out pitch. There is no better feeling than making a batter look foolish with your best breaking pitch. I love the pressure that is on the pitcher. At the beginning of every play, all eyes are on you. The game cannot continue without you. And what the batter does with the ball is up to you. He can put the ball over the fence and it’s all on you, or you can sit him down without having touched it at all. This may come off as egocentric, but I love having the spotlight on me, and when I am pitching all eyes are on me.”
Despite not being in college a full year, Considine believes he has improved already as a baseball player.
“I feel like I am much more level headed now. I have always been a very passionate ball player…sometimes a little too passionate. Being around guys who have been playing college ball for a few years, they understand that there are going to be days where they are not at the top of their games. But that does not stop them from giving it their all every day. But instead of acting like a hothead, they carry themselves with poise on the mound. I feel as though I have been able to improve in that area as a player in the little time that I have been at Gettysburg.”
He says the main difference he has noticed in college as compared to high school “is that everyone on the team is very serious about baseball. Every practice, every lift, every game, guys are serious about the task that is at hand and there are no distractions for them.”
He talked about classes.
“I have no declared a major yet. Being a liberal arts college, Gettysburg really wants you to take a whole range of classes before you decide on a major, so I am taking a bunch of different classes to see what interests me. However, I am almost certain that I am going to major in economics, and hopefully something to do with politics.”
Unfortunately, Considine’s fall season was cut short rather quickly by an injury.
‘I was actually out of fall ball after one day. I had a slight tear in my latissimus dorsi, which kept me from throwing a ball. There was nothing more frustrating than watching everyone playing ball when I knew that I should be out there.”
He keeps to a rigorous training schedule.
“Whether I am in-season or on the off-season, I really like to stay active. In one day I tend to do upwards of four workouts a day. That can consist of Crossfit training, power lifting, long distance running, and sprints. I live by Crossfit training. Doing Crossfit every day, I have never felt so explosive in my life. I sometimes get criticized for working out so much while I’m in-season for possibly overworking my body. But I feel like I put myself in danger of arm troubles if I don’t keep testing my body and pushing myself to my limits.”
Considine doesn’t get home to Canaan as much as he would like, although he does on school breaks. His favorite hobby is to “just relax,” He adds, “My friend Augie and I watch a `TED Talks’ (a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the Technology Entertainment and Design conference) and then, right after, we go on a hike and we discuss what we watched. It is amazing how bouncing ideas off each other really opens up our mind to new ideas. I highly recommend it. And after a long week of classes, ball, and training on campus, it’s truly awesome to get off campus and run around.”