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 Post subject: LHP Chris Kirsch
PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:21 pm 
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Calling Marple Newtown's Chris Kirsch a late bloomer is putting it mildly.

Just two years ago, his pitching wildness had his teammates ducking for cover in batting practice. "Yeah, he was all over the place," said Jim Balk, Marple Newtown's third-year pitching coach and the former 36-year boss at Radnor.

A little more than a year ago, with the assistance of Balk, Kirsch, pretty much a junior varsity outfielder as a sophomore, began what has been a remarkable turnaround.

Taking another step toward cementing himself as one of the area's elite pitchers, Kirsch scattered four hits and struck out eight as the host Tigers pummeled Conestoga, 12-2, Friday in a well-attended Central League showdown that lasted 1 hour, 50 minutes. The game was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run rule.

"Coach Balk did a complete overhaul on my mechanics," the southpaw said. "My delivery is a lot smoother now, and I'm able to throw strikes."

Kirsch, a cleanup hitter, helped his cause by delivering a three-run, inside-the-park homer to center field in the first inning. He went 3 for 4, adding singles in the second and fifth innings.

There were 10 to 12 professional scouts, cross-checkers and college recruiters watching the 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior. The Phillies, Twins, Royals, Giants, Diamondbacks and Mets were among the pro clubs represented.



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 Post subject: Re: LHP Chris Kirsch
PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:54 pm 
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His coach's name is Balk?

His PITCHING coach's name is Balk?

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I find this talk about Kelenic comical. He's a 19 year old kid who hit .253 at Kingsport
and struck out once a game and people are talking like he's the second coming. Get real people. When you have a chance to get the best reliever in the game who's only 24 and give up Kelenic in the deal, you MAKE that deal. Stop with the nonsense.


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 Post subject: Re: LHP Chris Kirsch
PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 5:13 am 
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His coach's name is Balk?

His PITCHING coach's name is Balk?


That's almost as bad as being a pitcher named Balfour.


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 Post subject: Re: LHP Chris Kirsch
PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 3:01 pm 
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I think the best pitcher's name I have heard is Josh Outman. Thats just cool.

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