A former Boca Ciega High baseball pitcher has been named to the West squad for the annual Cape Cod League All-Star Game.
Clint Chrysler, a junior-to-be at Stetson University, is an ace reliever for the Wareham Gatemen in the collegiate Cape Cod League, which uses wooden bats. In 16 innings as the closer for the 17-11 Gatemen, Chrysler has yet to give up an earned run. His record is 2-1, with the one loss coming on a fielding error. He has 21 strikeouts, has walked three, and has six saves in 14 appearances.
In recognition of his outstanding season, the 6-foot, 184-pound left-hander was named to the all-star game, which was played Saturday night at Dennis-Yarmouth, Mass.
Chrysler's success this summer comes as no surprise to his college coach, Pete Dunn.
"Clint is mentally tough out there and that's a very good characteristic," said Dunn by telephone. "He's very confident and has a highly competitive spirit which has worked well for him. What's important is that he throws strikes. We were happy to sign him out of high school."
Chrysler not only led Boca Ciega and the Pinellas County Athletic Conference in pitching his senior year, he chipped in with a .493 batting average. His 115 strikeouts that season helped him earn the 1994 Times player of the year award.
At Stetson in the Division I Trans America Conference this season, Chrysler was used primarily as the No. 1 setup man. In a team-leading 31 appearances, he posted a 4-2 record with a 3.11 ERA, 51 strikeouts and 13 walks.
Chrysler was drafted by the New York Yankees out of high school but elected to attend Stetson, where he's majoring in sports administration.
He said he's working on his mechanics in the Cape Cod League.
"I'm trying to throw with a looser arm, trying to get better velocity without over-throwing," he said. "And I'm throwing better to certain locations, such as inside to right-handed batters.
"With regard to the all-star game Saturday night, it's an honor to be playing in it with some of the best collegiate players in the nation. We'll have nine pitchers and we're all suppose to pitch one inning."
In addition to playing this summer, Chrysler is working as an instructor at a youth baseball program at Tabor Academy in Wareham.
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