July 24, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -Boston College junior left-hander Steve Green is in Woodstock, Va., playing in the Valley Baseball League. The River Bandits are currently in second place in the North Division, led by Green, who holds a team-low 2.79 ERA in a team-high 21 appearances. He is second with 38.2 innings pitched and first with 38 strikeouts. Batters are also only hitting .207 off the southpaw, who has tallied two of the River Bandits' six saves.
On July 23, Green earned VBL North Player of the Week honors for winning a league-best two games in three appearances. On July 17, he pitched the middle 2.2 innings of a 9-5 victory over Covington. In this contest, he did not allow a hit, struck out one and walked two. On July 23, he came back and threw the final two innings of a 3-2 victory over Winchester. Again, he did not allow a hit, struck out two and did not walk a batter.
We caught up with Green to talk about his summer ball success, what living is like in Virginia and what he expects when he comes back to the Heights in the fall.
Q: You lead the River Bandits in innings appearances, ERA and strikeouts, mainly as a reliever. How do you like the role of coming out of the pen and helping your team?
A: I like coming out of the pen a lot. Some nights, I'll come in and pitch one inning, and others I'll throw three or four depending on the situation. Our starters have been doing a good job going at least five or six innings to give myself and the other guys in the bullpen a chance at the end of games. I started two games at the beginning of the summer but I've felt more comfortable since I made the switch to the pen.
Q: You've only allowed seven extra-base hits on the season (of 29 total) and struck out 38. How have you kept runners off the base path and from extra-base hits?
Q: You're from Brewster, New York, and play in Boston. How do you like living and playing in Virginia? What are the biggest differences from where you played last summer? What's your favorite non-baseball thing to do there?
A: I've mostly been going after guys with my fastball and slider. I've been trying to keep the ball low and on the corners, so I can get ground balls. Our home field has strange dimensions and it's only about 330 feet to center field, which makes it even more important to keep the ball down. Playing with wood bats in the summer, it's important to challenge guys and make them hit it.
A: I've really enjoyed playing in Virginia. My host family is great and I'm playing in a small town so we get pretty good crowds of people that care about the team and the rivalries with the other towns that we play against. I've gotten to play against a couple of the BC guys, [sophomore]Travis Ferrick and [junior] Jimmy Dowdell
, as well as a couple of guys that were on my high school team, so it's been a lot of fun.
Last year, I played in North Carolina with [classmate] John Hennessy and most of the kids in the league were from schools in North or South Carolina, but this year there are kids from all over the country. On my team, we have kids from California, Florida, all over the place. Everybody down here is really nice too which is great, it makes the experience in a different place enjoyable.
There are four kids in my host family and they're always looking to play games, so I've been playing a good amount of board games and Wii with them. I live right next to a park, so I've been playing some basketball too.
Q: You're heading into your junior year at BC. What have you learned playing ball with the Eagles so far? What do you hope to accomplish in the upcoming 2013 season?
A: I've learned that you can't take any days off mentally in the fall and winter in preparation for the season. If we all take care of everything during that time, the upcoming season should be a lot of fun. I'm hoping to help us win an ACC Championship and get into an NCAA Regional.
Q: What are you looking forward to when you come back to The Heights in the fall?
A: I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and getting to know the incoming freshmen. I'm also looking forward to seeing [redshirt freshmen] Andrew Chin and Nick Colucci play at full speed after watching them do their rehab for an entire year.