ShareThis Page
Butler grad a hit for La Roche baseball team |
District College

Butler grad a hit for La Roche baseball team

Mike Wereschagin
| Sunday, June 8, 2014 10:41 p.m
La Roche sophomore Colin Williamson batted .360 for the Redhawks this season and was a first-team all-conference selection.
La Roche sophomore Colin Williamson moved from the outfield to third base this season.

After playing his high school baseball at Butler in a super-competitive northern region, Colin Williamson took his game to La Roche College.

This past season, the Redhawks advanced to the regional tournament with a 31-15 overall record and a 15-1 conference record.

While the team went 1-2 in the bracket, part of the reason for the overall success was Williamson’s versatility.

He moved from the outfield to third base to allow a freshman to assume a starting role, and helped shore up the infield in the process.

“We are all for one and one for all,” Williamson said. “I just like to play.”

Williamson said the team’s postseason berth and the excitement that came with it was the best part of the season.

“To go out and win with your best buddies and accomplish something as a team, I wish everyone could feel that,” Williamson said.

“We didn’t have expectations, we just wanted to keep playing for ourselves and the seniors. We didn’t want to lose those guys.”

During that winning campaign, Williamson earned Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference first-team honors.

“Colin works his tail off,” La Roche head coach Chase Rowe said.

“He moved from center field as a freshman to third base. He was our leadoff hitter and definitely a high-caliber player.”

Williamson, who started all 46 games for the Redhawks, said the accomplishment meant a lot because he attributes his success to hard work.

“I made sure I had my fundamentals down so I could work on areas of need,” he said.

“I wanted to focus on things I was not doing well.”

While the personal improvement was gratifying, Williamson knew the better he was, the more he could help the team.

“Coach Rowe and Sean Lupin helped me work out the kinks with my (fielding),” Williamson said.

“I bounced between the outfield and shortstop in high school, so I had an idea about what to do.

“I benefitted from the team as much as they benefitted from me.”

Another thing Williamson and the team worked on was a pitch-by-pitch approach. By focusing on the immediate task at hand, Williamson hit .360 and was tied for second on the team with four home runs. He also led the team with 62 hits.

Despite playing in a tough section at Butler, Williamson said the difference in the level of play in high school and college is night and day.

“There is so much you have to learn, that process never stops,” Williamson said.

Williamson expects to remain in the infield for his junior season, but added that if a need arises, things are subject to change.

“Colin is mature beyond his years,” Rowe said. “He is ultra competitive, and clean as a whistle. He is just an all-around good kid.”

As he works toward his marketing degree, Williamson is excited about the future of the team.

“We know what we can do,” he said. “We just need to keep that confidence up and know that we can go far if we work hard. We can’t get too high or too low. … We started off slow, but rebounded.

“Next year will be a new year, with new things to do.”

Jerry Clark is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

Categories: College-District
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.