Overview of Defensive Strategy in Baseball


Baseball pic

Image: entertainment.howstuffworks.com

Cody Gotchall graduated from Crescent Valley High School as an honors student before going on to take courses at Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University. An avid baseball fan, Cody Gotchall continues to support Oregon State baseball and enjoys the strategy involved in baseball games.

The defensive strategy of baseball teams revolves around the pitcher. During a game, the pitcher acts as the primary defense against the other team. Each pitcher has different habits when throwing during a game and the rest of the defensive team is supposed to set up based on these habits. For example, pitchers who frequently throw pitches that are hit as fly balls need their team to adopt positions that help them catch fly balls.

Defensive strategy also requires pitchers to make some changes to their repertoires when at the mound. Over time, pitchers should work on specialized pitches, such as the curveball and fastball, to fool the batter. During a game, pitchers must alter the type of pitches they throw. If they don’t, the opposing team can learn their strategy and adjust their offensive strategy to suit the pitcher’s throws.

While baseball defensive strategies do focus on the pitcher, it is the entire team’s job to out batters. To accomplish this, players must employ various fielding strategies depending on the player at bat. The infield and outfield should shift left and right based on whether the batter is left-handed or right-handed. They may also shift if they know their pitcher tends to throw the ball inside or outside.


Cribbage Terms

Cribbage  pic

Image: Cribbagecorner.com

Cody Gotchall attended Oregon State University, where he was primarily interested in STEM courses (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Because of his interest in math, Cody Gotchall enjoys playing cribbage.

Depending on both skill and luck of the draw, cribbage is a card game that incorporates a unique terminology that players must learn. Here are a few of the cribbage terms:

Crib: The dealer gets a crib, which is two cards discarded from each player. This gives the dealer additional points.

Go: When a player cannot play a card without exceeding 31 points, he or she calls it a go and the next play goes back to the previous player.

Skunk: A skunk occurs when a player wins by more than 31 points.

Double Skunk: A double skunk occurs when a player wins by more than 61 points.

Bruce Springsteen Features in Annual Hungerthon Event


Hungerthon pic

Image: Hungerthon.org

A student at Linn-Benton Community College, Cody Gotchall studies in Albany, Oregon, and has a passion for reading and music. One of Cody Gotchall’s favorite musicians is Bruce Springsteen, whom he admires for his melodic sensibility and the concern for social justice that runs through both his music and his actions as a public figure.

With the Boss having enjoyed a triumphant one man acoustic show, ‘Springsteen On Broadway,’ in 2017, he also gave his blessing to a recent Thanksgiving benefit at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park. The annual Hungerthon benefits the nonprofit WhyHunger, which was cofounded by radio host Bill Ayres and musician Harry Chapin. Due to the popularity of a similar event held four years before, the 2017 Hungerthon featured nonstop Springsteen music for 24 hours.

A longtime supporter of WhyHunger, Bruce Springsteen donated a ‘Land of Hope and Dreams’ t-shirt and baseball cap to the Hungerthon. He is also active with Artists Against Hunger & Poverty as a founding member.

The American Red Cross Works to Prevent Home Fires


Red Cross pic

Red Cross
Image: redcross.org

In 2014, Cody Gotchall graduated from Crescent Valley High School, where he was an honors student and a member of the school’s robotics team. Since graduating from high school, he has studied at Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College. Alongside his academic pursuits, Cody Gotchall has supported several community organizations over the years, including the American Red Cross.

In its efforts to help individuals and families prepare for emergencies, the Red Cross oversees its Home Fire Campaign, which aims to reduce the number of fire-related injuries and deaths in the United States. Through the campaign, the organization works alongside community partners and volunteers to install free smoke alarms and provide educational programs focused on fire safety and preparedness.

Since launching the Home Fire Campaign in 2014, the Red Cross and its partners have installed over 1 million free smoke alarms. The organization also replaced over 50,000 smoke alarm batteries while helping families nationwide develop home fire escape plans.

In 2018, the Red Cross will continue to advance the Home Fire Campaign with Sound the Alarm events across the country. From April 28 to May 13, the organization plans to install 100,000 smoke alarms during events in over 100 major US cities. To learn more, visit www.soundthealarm.org.