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Summer Ball Q&A: Nick Poore

Poore is third on the Mainers pitching staff with 19 Ks.

Poore is third on the Mainers pitching staff with 19 Ks.

July 15, 2014

Rising senior left-hander Nick Poore is spending his second summer in Sanford, Maine, with the Mainers in the NECBL. He's tallied a 1-0 record with a 1.92 ERA in five games, making two starts. The southpaw has allowed just eight hits while striking out 19 in 18.2 innings of work.

You returned to the Sanford Mainers for your second summer. What experiences do you bring to the team for your second time around?
Returning to the Mainers has been an awesome experience and I wouldn't want to be playing anywhere else. Coming back to Sanford is great because I don't have to adjust to a new team, new coaches or a new town. Playing for Coach Izaryk has been a great experience; he's an incredible coach and his drive to win and make us better players and makes me work even harder on and off the field to get better. It's also nice knowing the ins and outs of the town and knowing where everything is. I don't have to go searching for a gym or places get food before games. When I found out I was going back to Sanford, I was really excited and anxious to be back with the Mainers and play in front of a great fan base and try to bring the championship trophy back to Sanford.

Did you give any advice to your BC teammate John Nicklas about playing in Sanford or in the NECBL?
I told John that he was going to love playing for the Mainers and Coach Izaryk. I also let him know that playing in the NECBL would be pretty similar to the competition we faced during the school season. The NECBL is a great league and there are a lot of good baseball players. I told him to be prepared for the long bus rides two to three times a week. Most trips are longer than three hours and I advised him to bring snacks, a pillow and a phone charger.

What is your favorite part about living in Maine for the summer? What sort of things do you do on your days off?
My favorite part about living in Maine for the summer is being so close to the beach. I went several times last year and I have already gone a few times this year too. My host family lives in Kennebunk, right on the ocean, and there's probably no better way to spend your summer than living right on the beach. During my off days, I usually hang out with John Nicklas, along with some of the other guys on the team. My roommate at BC, Nick Colucci, only lives about a half hour from Sanford so John and I have hung with Nick a few times throughout the summer.

In your first start, you pitched 7.1 innings and allowed just one hit and one run while striking out eight. How did you feel and how can you use that start's momentum going forward?
Because it was my first start of the season and my first start since last summer, my pitch count was supposed to be around 70 pitches, but I had a no hitter going into the eighth inning so I exceeded it by just a little bit. I had been dealing with some back issues towards the end of the school year, so I wasn't sure how well my back would feel once I got deep into the game. Going into the game, I felt great. I had been working really hard to get my core strong and my back healthy, and as the game went on I felt no pain and did the best I could to keep the game close and put us in a good position to get a win. All my pitches were working and I wanted to focus on throwing first-pitch strikes, however I would not have had a no hitter for about seven innings if it wasn't for the defense. My teammates were making great plays all night and didn't commit one error. That start will definitely give me some momentum going forward, especially because my back is 100 percent healthy now and I can just focus on throwing strikes while I'm on the mound and not have to worry about the nagging pain in my lower back. I'm going to build off that start and work my hardest to get a starting job next season at BC.

What do you hope to bring back from summer league to the Heights for you senior year?
When I go back to school this fall I hope to bring back a lot of confidence from the summer season. Confidence is one of the most important keys to success as a pitcher and I'm hoping to leave summer ball with a ton of confidence going into the fall. I also want to have better control of my slider and be more confident in throwing my change up. Those are two important pitches for me and I've made sure to use them both quite a bit throughout the summer season. My first goal for the summer is to win the NECBL Championship and my second is to get better individually, so I'm hoping to come back to school as a better pitcher overall.

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