HOUSTON – Ty Baker ’23 had an unforgettable second pitching season with the Second Baptist School baseball team.
As one of the aces of Second Baptist School, which reached the TAPPS State semi-finals last spring, Baker released numbers similar to a video game.
In the district game, he posted an ERA of 0.00. No, it’s not a typo. Overall, he posted a 0.38 ERA, while still going 4-0 with two saves, limiting his opponents to an appalling 0.092 batting average and striking out 59 of 144 batters faced.
“Last year we failed in the playoffs, which was obviously a disappointment,” said Baker. “Our goals are to sweep the district again and win the state this year. We have a lot of great returning players that will have big impacts, and a few transfers that will be studs.”
The upcoming Second Baptist School baseball season is sure to attract a lot of attention, especially at the college level, including that of new Texas A&M head coach Jim Schlossnagle, who left TCU in the offseason.
In July, Schlossnagle got another check mark on his recruiting board in the form of Baker signing up to the Aggies for 2023.
“Texas A&M has always been a top choice,” Baker said. “I’ve always wanted to play in Texas and the SEC, so he checks those two boxes. The new coaching staff is awesome, and Coach Yeskie (the pitching coach) is a great guy and the coach. Schlossnagle is a proven winner.
Baker continues, “The new staff have been wonderful with the recruiting, and I think we’re all very happy to see how we can help Texas A&M baseball win a national championship. ”
Baker, who begins his junior season in 2021-22, has been working hard on his mechanics this summer to get his three throws – fast pitch, curve ball and change – where he wants them to be.
It also helps that when he enters practice at Second Baptist School his head coach Rayner Noble is the most successful baseball coach of all time at the University of Houston and is expected to be inducted into their Hall. of honor this week, and his pitching coach is World Series champion Andy Pettitte.
Not a bad combination.
“Having Coach Noble as a head coach is a great resource due to his years of training in college. He has a great experience and really understands the game, ”said Baker. “Coach Pettitte was also a big influence on my pitchers. It’s great to have in the shelter and has really helped my mental play and the retention of runners. He’s a great man that I want to emulate on and off the pitch. ”
But at Second Baptist School, for Baker, it’s more than what goes between the white lines of the baseball field that makes this place special for the future Aggie.
“I love SBS. From the classroom to the track and field, you always feel like the faculty wants you to be successful and really cares about you,” Baker said. “Our sports facilities and programs are top notch.”