1st Base, Pitcher,
High School Awards:
Set school record On Base %: .600
Set school record Batting average: .543
Set school record RBI's: 34 (in 23 games)
1st Team - 2011 GWOC North
1st Team - 2011 All GWOC Conference (18 teams)
1st Team - 2011 All Area - Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association
1st Team - 2012 GWOC North
1st Team - 2012 All GWOC Conference (18 teams)
1st Team - 2012 All Area - Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association
1st Team - 2012 GWOC North - Athlete of the Year
2004 USSSA Mid May Classic NIT - All Tournament Team
2004 USSSA Spring Swing NIT - All Tournament Team
2004 USSSA Ohio State Tournament - All Tournament Team
2004 USSSA World Series - All Tournament Team
2005 USSSA World Series - All Tournament Team
2008 USSSA April Attack - All Tournament Team
2009 CABA Wood Bat National Championships - Throwing Accuracy Champ
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This site is for player information. Nathan played full time for the Mid Ohio Predators, a USSSA baseball team based in Troy, OH from 2004 - 2006. In 2007, the Predators went through a coaching change and several players from the Predators merged with players from a couple other teams and created the Mid Ohio Thunder also based out of Troy, OH. He also plays part time for a Midwest Ohio Baseball League team the Firebirds and plays fall baseball in Cincinnati with a team based out of Dayton.
The Mid Ohio Thunder only play USSSA NIT's to qualify for the USSSA World Series. The USSSA play Major League Baseball rules and is true select baseball that is highly competitive. The Thunder will play teams from all over the United States. In the three years as the Predators (2004, 2005 & 2006) they had qualified for the USSSA World Series. They played in the 2004 & 2005 USSSA World Series. In 2006, they also qualified for the Triple Crown World Series and the BPA World Series. For the 2006 season, the Predators went to the Triple Crown World Series in Myrtle Beach, SC.
In 2007, the Thunder continued their winning ways and qualified and went to the USSSA World Series held in Johnson City, TN. In 2008 the Thunder qualified and went to the USSSA World Series held in Kalamazoo, MI.
The Predators/ Thunder USSSA point ranking are as follows:
2008 14U USSSA Final Points Ranking:
1st in the State of Ohio (out of 113 teams)
1st in the Great Lakes Region (out of 351 teams)
48th in the Nation (out of 1844 teams)
USSSA World Series - Semi Finals
2007 13U USSSA Final Points Ranking:
1st in the State of Ohio (out of 139 teams)
2nd in the Great Lakes Region (out of 400 teams)
USSSA World Series - Quarter Finals
2006 12U USSSA Final Points Ranking:
1st in the State of Ohio (out of 96 teams)*
1st in the Great Lakes Region (out of 611 teams)*
31th in the Nation (out of 2860 teams)*
Triple Crown Summer Nationals - Quarter Finals
2005 11U USSSA Final Points Ranking:
1st in the State of Ohio (out of 92 teams)
1st in the Great Lakes Region (out of 264 teams)
9th in the Nation (out of 1204 teams)
Finished 3rd in the 2005 USSSA World Series
2004 10U USSSA Final Points Ranking:
1st in the State of Ohio (out of 80 teams)
4th in the Great Lakes Region (out of 204 teams)
25th in the Nation (out of 1138 teams)
Finished 4th in the 2004 USSSA World Series.
(see stats to left)
Known as a hitter with a great eye, Nathan can protect the count and knows the strike zone. For a power hitter/big man, Nathan knows he needs to get on base whether it's a walk or a base hit. He's not looking to hit a home run, even though he is a power hitter, he just wants to get on base and will do what it takes to get there. When he does hit, it is with power to either field. He's one you want at the plate in a clutch situation. An example is in the semi finals of a tournament in 2005. It was the bottom of the seventh with two outs, a man on and the Predators were down by one run. Nathan hit a walk off home run estimated 275' at age 11.
As a base runner, Nathan has average speed. He makes up for his average speed by very smart base running and excellent lead-offs.
Nathan's DMBA Offensive Stats:
(see stats to left)
As a pitcher, Nathan usually keeps the opposing team off balance with several pitches. He has a good fast ball, cutter, change up and knuckle ball. He also knows when to use these different pitches to make them even more effective. The main thing that makes Nathan an excellent pitcher is that he keeps his emotions in check. If the ump makes a bad call, you could never tell by looking at him. One opposing coach described him as "Very professional, nothing seems to get into his head on the mound."
He's used as a starter against the better teams and in relief when tough situation (like bases loaded and one out) arise. Nathan wants the ball.
As a catcher, Nathan has a very strong arm. Most coaches rarely steal on Nathan when he's behind the plate. In 2006, he had a throw out rate of over 80%. Even with runners on the corners, most coaches won't steal second. He has great mechanics and will come up with most balls thrown in the dirt. Since he also pitches, he controls the pitcher and calls most of the pitches thrown. He knows how to control the game.