Harrisburg’s catcher has come a Long way at his new position

Tyman Long has been great behind the plate
Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 11:23 PM CDT
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HARRISBURG, S.D. (Dakota News Now) -After starting in the outfield and third base, one of Tyman Long’s first coaches suggested a move to catcher.

“He said I had a good arm and I like to get in front of balls, keep it in front of me and yeah, it just kind of took off from there,” Harrisburg’s Tyman Long says.

Like most of Tyman’s throws, it was right on the money. “I love it (throwing out runners)! I love the excitement that goes on in the crowd and everybody hyping me up!”

“He’s our guy behind the plate. He’s our captain. He calls the game so I have the utmost trust in him behind the dish,” Harrisburg Head Coach James Borges says.

Though it’s his right hand that cuts down base runners, Long’s hand right hand can be pretty sore after catching the 90-mile an hour heat of starters like Will Simmons and Chase Mason. “There’s a few that, when they gas them up, it hurts a little bit. But I’ve just got to fight through it. I call a really good game. I like to look at the hitter’s swings, see what they’re doing, if they’re pushing or they’re late, and I just go from there,” Tyman says.

Yet there’s no one they’d rather have calling a game. “With Tyman behind the plate I’m sure every pitcher on our team is pretty confident throwing up there with him being able to get in front of balls and throwing guys out and things like that. So it’s just an overall confidence booster when he’s behind the plate,” Chase Mason says.

Or in the middle of the Harrisburg lineup, as the junior developed into one of the their top power hitters during their run to a high school state championship. “I’ve worked with Kole Zimmerman quite a bit this off season and he’s really helped and my swing has really developed,” Long says.

“Tyman’s been around for a while, he’s developed a good relationship with our pitching staff, and I leave it up to him. I trust him with every pitcher,” Borges says.

With college opportunities ahead Long will continue to be in the middle of everything for the Tigers. “I love having the control because I think it puts more pressure on me and I like pressure,” Tyman says.

Which is just the way he wants it.

In Harrisburg, Zach Borg, Dakota News Now Sports.

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