2004-08-06 / Sports

Focused Hyde Performs On The Mound

By Elio Velez

SCOTT HYDE When prospective high school and college players wait for that phone call during the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, they are home with their families and friends. For seventh round pick Scott Hyde, he got the news in a different country.

“I was actually in Scotland (the Highlands) when I got drafted,” said Hyde, who was completing his coursework for a degree in biology. “I was on a Juniors Abroad Trip and I saw it over the Internet in the major league draft tracker”.

Hyde admitted he was surprised at being drafted by the Mets since he had no previous contact with them. The Mets were so impressed by his tenacity and his determination on the mound in important games that they could not resist drafting him.

The 6’5, 215 pound Oregon native guided the Bruins to the Division III Title with a win over Eastern Connecticut State, 6-3. In an outstanding tournament for Hyde, his arm lasted long enough to win three games and pitch an incredible 20 innings in 5 days.

“It was crazy. I started the first game went 9 innings.” Hyde said. “I got the day off and I threw 2 innings. I got another day off and I went 9 innings”.

Hyde had no hesitation to pitch in the championship game. It was his heart and determination that made him throw 140 pitches in the championship game. Hyde credits a lot of people for helping him get through the tournament.

“There were a lot of people around to help such as the trainers getting my arm in shape bygiving rubdowns to my arm and icing my arm,” Hyde said.

“If I wasn’t throwing, someone would be working on my arm and it helped. It made a lot of difference”.

Gaining 40 pounds in the past few years, Hyde has started to fill out his 6’5, 215 pound frame. He relies on pinpoint control and accuracy and has gained enough velocity on his fastball to strike out 191 batters in 122 innings at George Fox while going 14-1.

Hyde has not let down at all in his first four starts in Brooklyn. Against Lowell Spinners last Thursday night, he got his first win in his career by pitching six shutout innings and striking out six batters.

Overseeing his great performance was Mets owner Fred Wilpon, Minor League Director Kevin Morgan, a Metro TV audience and a sellout crowd at the park watching him. Hyde smiled as he recalled of what he described as an electric and intense atmosphere that night.

“Sometimes the pressure helps and I always have the same level of focus. You see the zeroes add up and you don’t want to try to do anything special to mess it up”, Hyde says.

“I wanted to go out there set the tone early and improve on my last start. I didn’t get too amped up, located my pitches and the defense made great plays out there for me”.

“I enjoyed every moment of it,” Hyde smiled.

Cyclones Stay In First

As of press time, the Cyclones are 28-12 and remain 2½ games ahead of Hudson Valley in the McNamara Division of the New York Penn League. This week, the Cyclones will play home and away series with Staten Island Yankees and the New Jersey Cardinals.

The Brooklyn Cyclones played their most memorable game of the season last Friday night with a 5-4 win in 11 innings against Lowell. It was a wild affair that featured many strange turns in a game that has mirrored the Cyclones season so far.

In a four hour and 5 minute marathon, the Cyclones and Spinners played a controversial game that was full of fireworks (literally and figuratively).

In the 5th inning, the Cyclones filed a protest after Lowell took a 2-1 lead on a Matt Ciaramella sacrifice fly RBI. The Cyclones’ Dante Brinkley made an outstanding catch in left centerfield before crashing into the wall. The runner on third appeared to not have left third base before the catch so manager Tony Tijerina filed a official protest of the game.

After storming back to take a 4-2 lead, the Cyclones could not hold on as the Spinners’ Chris Turner tied the game at 4 with a solo home run in the bottom of the 8th inning.

Before the start of the 9th inning, the umpires stopped the game due to a fireworks delay. New York City and the Parks Department regulation state that the fireworks must be displayed by 10 p.m. on Friday nights. The Cyclones, who have no control in the display of the fireworks, watched helpless as the game was delayed by 18 minutes.

The Spinners tried to take the lead in the top of the 9th on John Otness’ two out single. Cyclones rightfielder Ambiorix Concepcion fired a strike to to cut down Chris Lara at home plate and deny Lowell the lead.

In the 11th, Cyclones’ pinch runner Derran Watts stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. On the next pitch with Jim Burt at bat, pitcher Mike James uncorked a wild pitch as Watts scored to end a marathon game.

Garcia # Retired

Danny Garcia, who played with the Cyclones in 2001, had his number #6 retired recently. Garcia was the first Cyclone to play in the major leagues when he debuted with the New York Mets in 2003. The second baseman was with the Mets earlier in the season before being sent down to Triple A Norfolk.

Negro League Tribute Night

On Saturday night, August 7, the Cyclones will host Negro League Tribute Night by honoring former players, Jim Robinson and Armando Vazquez.

The Cyclones will host a reception for the former players and their families at the Brooklyn Baseball Gallery. A video history of the Negro Leagues will be shown as part of the pre game ceremonies. The Cyclones will be wearing the uniforms of the Brooklyn Royal Giants, who won the Negro League Championship in 1909, 1910, 1914 and 1916. The uniforms will be auctioned and the proceeds will be given to the New York Penn League Charitable Foundation. Tickets are still available for that game.

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