Ottoville’s Basinger Thriving On Pressure, Being Team’s Only Senior

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Maybe the pressure would force other pitchers to crack. Ottoville ace Colbey Basinger seems to thrive on it. Forget about the fact that he is the only senior on the team and that he is expected to be the leader of the Big Green. Basinger, a four-year varsity player, welcomes it all with open arms.


Maybe the pressure would force other pitchers to crack. Ottoville ace Colbey Basinger seems to thrive on it.
Forget about the fact that he is the only senior on the team and that he is expected to be the leader of the Big Green.
Basinger, a four-year varsity player, welcomes it all with open arms.
It's why he went out to the mound Tuesday afternoon and worked five solid innings as Ottoville edged county rival Fort Jennings 6-3 in the season opener.
The senior gave up just three hits and struck out five in the win.
“I felt pretty good,” said Basinger, who is coming off of a junior year in which he went 4-1 and had a 2.33 ERA. “I struggled a little bit in the fourth inning when I gave up those (two) runs but I finished strong. I'm just happy we got the win.”
As for being the leader of a young Ottoville team that marched into the district tourney a year ago before falling to top-ranked Minster, Basinger doesn't seem to mind his new role.
“I definitely have to be a leader but it doesn't bother me,” Basinger said. “I know I have to step up and play well in every game and I am confident I can do that. But we have a lot of good juniors who have the ability to step up, too. The key for us is just to play like a team.”
Success, though, starts with Basinger and his coach, Tony Castranova, who is in his 12th season.
“I thought Colbey did a great job in his first game,” Castranova said. “He had good control and really only struggled in one inning. He has really improved a lot from last year and you could see that in the way he pitched (against Fort Jennings). He brings a lot of experience to the team and if we can get some young guys behind him to step up, we should have a strong pitching staff.”
Basinger worked hard in the offseason to get to where he is now and he is ready to make that hard work pay off.
“My fastball has gotten a lot better and I picked up a changeup. I also have a good curveball,” Basinger said. “I feel confident in the way I throw and it helps that I have a good defense behind me. They do a great job of making plays.”
There is still a lot of baseball left to be played and Ottoville is expected to be in the hunt for a Putnam County League championship. The loss to Minster in the postseason is on its mind as well and the players intend to use it for motivation.
Ottoville was 10-13 a year ago.
“We saw what we could accomplish last year and we want to get back to that point,” Basinger said. “We got off to a good start and hopefully we can play well all year and have momentum going into the playoffs. I know I want to make the most of my last season here.”
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