Shaw's Bat Comes Alive In New Bedford
July 1, 2013
Boston College sophomore Chris Shaw is playing for the New Bedford Bay Sox in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). After appearing in a team high 50 games in his freshman season, Shaw's experience is paying off at the plate this summer. He ranks first in hits, RBIs, and home runs for the Bay Sox.
The big lefty is getting time at first base and in the outfield this summer. His .327 average is good for second on the team and has played in 15 of the team's 16 games. On June 14th, Shaw delivered a game winning home run in the eleventh inning against the Plymouth Pilgrims.
What has your experience been like playing in New Bedford so far this summer? So far my experience in New Bedford has been a very positive one. I have a great host family and I am really enjoying playing with a great group of guys.
Has there been anything you are working on improving this summer in particular? This summer I am really trying to improve on my pitch selection at the plate and becoming a more consistent hitter. I'm trying to find a good pitch to hit in every at bat and not let the pitcher get me out on his pitch.
In your fourth game for the Bay Sox you had four RBIs including a game-winning, two-run home run in the 11th inning. What do you contribute to your success at the plate so far this summer? I would contribute my success so far this summer to being more confident at the plate and not trying to do anything more than finding a good pitch to hit and hitting it solidly. I'm also trying to let the ball get deeper and hit the inside of the baseball. Coach Rick Miller has also been a great mentor and has given me a lot of good pieces of advice that I am able to take into the games.
What do you like to do in your spare time or your days off?
Who from the team do you miss the most? Why? I would definitely have to say that I miss my roommate Jesse Adams the most of anybody from the team. Luke Fernandes is a close second, and I do not miss Joe Cronin. I have been around him way too much lately.
Interview by senior John Hennessy