Cody Gotchall is an Oregon-based student and community volunteer who has donated his time and skills to a range of nonprofit groups and organizations. A graduate of Crescent Valley High School, Cody Gotchall completed courses at Oregon State University (OSU) and remains a passionate fan of the school’s baseball team.
Last season, the OSU Beavers won its fifth Pac-12 Championship since 1999, and there is plenty of reason for continued optimism moving forward. In addition to its returning starting pitchers, the following three freshman are expected to join the team in 2018.
1. Kevin Abel – Despite being selected in the 35th round of the MLB Amateur Draft by the San Diego Padres, Abel opted to attend OSU. The 6-foot-2 right-handed pitcher was ranked 46th among high school pitchers in the country and has a fastball that can reach above 90 miles per hour.
2. Nathan Burns – Perfect Game ranked Burns as the second-best high school recruit in all of Wisconsin. In addition to a fastball that reaches 91 miles per hour, he boasts an impressive slider and changeup.
3. Michael Attalah – A native of Redmond, Washington, Attalah was ranked as the third-best right-handed pitcher in the state. The 6-foot-2 pitcher posted 17 wins over his high school career and helped his team reach the finals of the state championship as a senior.
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.
A student through Linn-Benton iLearn, Cody Gotchall has studied everything from science and math to woodworking and engineering. He possesses a unique passion for recognizing patterns in mathematics and other activities and enjoys the strategies involved in baseball. Cody Gotchall also enjoys watching baseball due to its varying pace.
Most historians agree that the game of baseball has its roots in the English game rounders. However, specific details about the sport’s development did not start appearing until 1845. During this year, Alexander Cartwright, who is often viewed as the father of baseball, developed a clear set of rules for the game and established a baseball team. Known as the Knickerbocker Baseball Club of New York City, Cartwright’s team faced off against the New York Baseball Club in the first recorded game of baseball in 1846. Although Cartwright’s team lost, the event started baseball down the path of popularity.
In 1858, amateur baseball players formed the National Association of Baseball Players. This organization was the world’s first baseball league, and it began charging admission to baseball games. In the 1860s, baseball began spreading around the United States and more than 100 teams were represented during the 1868 annual baseball convention.
Baseball soon turned into a professional sport when the Cincinnati Red Stockings started paying players in 1969. This turn toward professionalism altered the way the National Association was run. Rather than being led by the players, the organization was run by businessmen and it changed its name to the National League.
Before long, the rival American Association was formed, followed by the Union Association and the Players League. These groups eventually disbanded, and the American League was formed in 1901. Two years later the first World Series was played.
Oregon State Beaver Baseball
Cody Gotchall has been studying accounting, data analytics, and mathematics in Linn-Benton Community College’s iLearn Online degree and certificate program. Having previously studied at Oregon State University (OSU), Cody Gotchall remains a fan of the OSU baseball team.
OSU hosts several baseball camps as part of its attempt to get youth involved with baseball. Designed for players between second and 12th grades, these camps provide high-quality baseball instruction.
During the course of a Beaver Baseball Camp, campers have the opportunity not only to develop their individual skills and knowledge of the sport, but also to participate in actual baseball games. Moreover, they receive guidance about improving themselves off the field.
The Oregon State Beaver Baseball Camps are held during the winter, summer, and fall. Winter camps are held at the Truax Center, while summer and fall camps are held at OSU in Goss Stadium at Coleman Field and at the softball field. Occasionally, other venues are used, too.
OSU’s head coach and his assistants, along with other junior college and high school coaches, lead the camps. Campers are expected to bring their own equipment, and overnight campers must bring towels, sleeping bags, and other overnight necessities.