Green is Making an Impact on the River Bandits' Pitching Staff
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?
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?
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?
Q: What are you looking forward to when you come back to The Heights in the fall?