Athlete Of The Week: Eric Reyzelman

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: Athlete of the Week

Harwich Mariners pitcher Eric Reyzelman. BRAD JOYAL PHOTO

HARWICH – If a panel of judges was grading Eric Reyzelman’s last pitching outing for the Harwich Mariners, there’s no doubt the hard-throwing righty from Louisiana State would have received perfect 10s across the board.

Reyzelman capped off his summer by earning the win after striking out 10 batters and allowing just one hit and one run over six innings during the Mariners’ 5-3 win over Yarmouth-Dennis on Thursday at Whitehouse Field.

“I was going with what worked and Mac [Guscette] called a ridiculously-good game,” Reyzelman said, referencing Guscette, the team’s catcher from Alabama. “I got to give a ton of credit to that kid because I had to shake him off maybe twice the entire game and he understood why – we ended up talking about it after and we were on the same page.

“It’s really easy when you’re on the same page with your catcher and he knows what’s working and is seeing what the hitters aren’t.”

After featuring mostly off-speed pitches in his season debut – a 2-0 loss at Hyannis on June 30 – Reyzelman used his full arsenal against the Red Sox.

“I think it was the best mix that I’ve been able to throw,” he said. “I wasn’t really forcing any breaking balls or forcing any changeups, if the fastball was working against a guy, I’d go with it. A lot of guys weren’t seeing the slider, so I threw that a lot.”

As much as the San Ramon, Calif. native is happy to bolster his stock ahead of the MLB Draft, Reyzelman said he was especially gratifying to earn the win for Harwich and team manager Steve Englert.

“I went into that game with one goal and it was to win because coach Englert deserved that,” Reyzelman said. “He gave me the chance to come out there and he had to do quite a few things to make that happen. I was appreciative and if it was K’s or groundouts or fly outs – whatever I was going to have to do to get outs and give us a chance to win, that’s what I was going to do.”

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