With a stroke of his pen he changed his.
Such is the story for Caleb Weaver. Weaver currently has a career batting average of .348. (“Currently” because the Hornets are still competing in the state tournament; at John Milledge for the quarterfinals this weekend.) He has 41 RBI and has scored 74 runs. He has a .365 batting average this year. He has an on-base percentage of .530 and has walked 28 times and scored 31 times. Yet in all of that – more on his pitching accolades later - he has but “one” homerun.
Ah, but that one … Well, Head Coach Rob Fitzpatrick describes it as follows. I t was last year. Westfield was at Deerfield-Windsor. The Hornets, for whatever reason, he said, had had a problem scoring runs against the Knights all year. This particular case was no exception. They were trailing 4-0.
Weaver, however, stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a grandslam. Westfield went on to win and not only that game but the state championship as well.
And that brings us to the pen stroke. That came Monday as the senior signed a Letter of Intent with Middle Georgia College.
“He is a fine young man,” said Warriors Head Coach Craig Young. “We’re always looking for kids with character and he has a lot of character and talent.”
Added Fitzpatrick: “When I first got here he was a freshman,” he said. “But you could tell then that he had that poise.
“He’s ‘All-Region’ (2010, 2011 and 2012 still to be determined). (Note: He was All-State and GISA All-Middle Georgia in 2010 and was All-Middle Georgia in 2011. In 2012 he was selected by the Georgia Dugout Club to represent GISA Class AAA on the cover of Georgia Dugout Magazine.) He’s the guy you’re going to put on the mound on a Friday night. I can throw him against anybody and he’s going to step up.”
On the mound Weaver has 20 career wins and 11 saves. He has pitched 184 and two-third innings and has 214 career strikeouts.
This year, he has pitched 46-plus innings and has a record of 6-1 with two saves. His ERA is a phenomenal 0.91, which is just liable to give the opposition a stroke of a different nature.