Summer baseball has wrapped up for the local players, including Sedalia Bombers outfielder Chance McMullin.
His first summer with the Bombers ended in a 7-5 win against the Kansas City Monarchs, a game he went 1 for 3 with a single and two walks.
“He got so much better,” said Bombers manager Craig Mcandrews. “I told him I wish I would have filmed the first at-bat to the last at-bat when he had the single up the middle. He’s standing up tall instead of falling over. In the outfield (July 22) he caught every ball. Just little stuff he learned all summer.”
The former Smith-Cotton standout and current Central Methodist Eagle used his first college summer break to play with and against some of the best players in the Midwest.
“I love it,” McMullin said. “The guys that I wouldn’t normally play with, I learn a lot from them. It’s beneficial to me and everybody else to be around these good players.”
While he didn’t see much playing time, McMullin took advantage of every at-bat and pinch running situation to grow as a player.
He finished the season by going 9 for 33 with five RBI. He was used as a pinch runner as well, which is the role he had as a freshman at CMU.
“He didn’t have any at-bats at Central Methodist and I think he’s gotten better than most people this summer,” McAndrews said. “He learned a lot. He learned a lot defensively and offensively. You can’t say enough about Chance. He does everything right on and off the field. If you ask him to do something, you ask him to work on something, he does it. He’s a great kid.”
McMullin scored eight runs as a freshman, but didn’t get plate time. The Bombers gave him the chance to face MINK League pitching to improve his hitting. McMullin said his older teammates helped him with the mental side of the game.
“Approach to the plate,” he said. “Mostly mental stuff. This game is mostly mental and those guys are expereinced veterans so they know what they are talking about. The mental part of the game is the most improtant part and they really hit on that.”
McMullin will take all he learned this summer into his sophomore season with the Eagles and he takes much more confidence as well.
“My bat needed to get better and I think playing with these guys and seeing the pitching and the quality of pitching we did really help me improve my bat, and when I go back to Central Methodist it’s going to be a new Chance McMullin,” McMullin said.
Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.