上田桃子が日米ノーシードの危機 首位と6打差も逆転Vあきらめない

デイリースポーツ 10月26日(土)21時17分配信

 「マスターズGCレディース・第3日」(26日、マスターズGC=パー72)

第2ラウンドを行い、2位から出た上田桃子は5バーディー、3ボギーの70とスコアを伸ばし、順位は落としたものの、V圏内の5位と踏ん張った。

前半は2番ボギーの直後に3連続バーディーをマーク。後半も13番ボギーの後、連続バーディーを奪い、「ボギーを打っても、しっかりと気持ちを切り替えてプレーできた」と納得の表情。

今季は厳しい戦いが続いている。主戦場の米ツアーは賞金ランク86位、日本ツアーも賞金ランク76位と、ともに賞金シード圏外。プロ3年目の07年以降では初めて日米ともにノーシードに危機に見舞われている。

日本で出場できる試合はこの大会を含めてあと2試合。シードを手にするには最低でも約1100万円は必要なだけに、上位につける今大会で少しでも多く賞金を加算したい。

通算11アンダーで首位を独走する横峯とは6打差あるが、「ティーショットで打ちにくいホールがあるので、そこに注意しながら攻めていければ、まだ全然分からない」と逆転Vはあきらめていない。07年の賞金女王が崖っぷちからの大逆襲を狙っている。

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Baseball Pitching Tips: How To Get To Know Your Plate Umpire Very Quickly!

 

You better get to know your plate umpire well after one inning or possibly after only one batter. Quite often the best baseball pitching tips are thinking all the time while on the hill. You can benefit tremendously!

If while pitching, you have the very good fortune to have a plate umpire who is calling strikes on pitches not in the strike zone, don’t feel any obligation whatsoever to throw strikes. If he is calling them high, why should you bring your pitches down? If he is calling them low, why should you bring your pitches up higher? The same holds true for inside and outside off the plate. Pay very close attention early in the baseball game to what an umpire is and is not calling strikes and pitch accordingly.

No matter what the rule book says for the strike zone at any level of play, no two umpires are going to call balls and strikes the same. Some have small strike zones and some have very large strike zones. Personally, I’m a certified high school umpire and I have a tendency to be a little generous to a pitcher when he’s low in the strike zone and with corners. I’m a little “stingy” upstairs. The point is that we umpires are all different. I have friends who are also high school umpires. They openly tell me that they have different strike zones for different levels of play. Their strike zones for modified, freshmen, junior varsity and varsity are different!

I can still remember an umpire I had in high school back in the year 1968. Boy, I’m old. I want to make a point here for your benefit and not mine. Do you want to talk about a pitcher friendly umpire? I noticed very, very early in the game that if a curve ball was within a foot of home plate, he would call it a strike. Also, if it didn’t bounce it in the dirt it was high enough for him to call it a strike. I was only 16 years old but I recognized in the first inning how this guy loved any curve ball he saw and was pretty much going to call it a strike if it was anywhere close to the plate. This is one of many baseball pitching tips that has nothing to do with the actual pitching mechanics and it merely requires doing a few very simple observations.

It was easy to have a very successful outing and you probably know what pitch made it a success. You guessed it. Curve balls that were six inches off the corner and just barely above being in the dirt. The umpire wasn’t intentionally trying to favor anyone or give anyone an unfair advantage. In fact, he was a very nice guy and an honorable man.

But always remember, all umpires have different strike zones no matter what the rule book says and you better “get to know your umpire very quickly.” One of the more important baseball pitching tips is that you should always remember that you don’t necessarily have to throw strikes to get baseball hitters out. Why on earth would you feel obligated to throw strikes if your plate umpire is a “pitcher’s umpire?” Making good use of this will work to your advantage big time. If you don’t get to know your umpire very quickly, you and I will no longer be on speaking terms!