Wallingford, CT native and current Fairfield shortstop Jack Gethings is spending his summer with Wachusett Dirt Dawgs of the FCBL before he heads back to Fairfield University for his all important junior season.
“My coach wanted me to go somewhere that I’d get a good amount of playing time this summer,” Gethings said Sunday night after the Dirt Dawgs played the Bristol Blues at Muzzy Field in the regular-season finale. “I wanted to get as many at-bats as I can and focus on fixing my swing.”
Unlike in the college season, when hitters can use aluminum or composite bats, the FCBL allows only wood bats. The purpose is for scouts to see how players handle the bats used at the pro level.
“Using wood bats every day you really have to find the barrel to get a hit or else the bat’s going to break,” said Gethings. “I feel like I’m starting to do a better job of finding the barrel of the bat.”
The shortstop is going into his junior year at Fairfield after a dominant sophomore season. Gethings was a menace at the plate for the Stags. He led the team with 76 hits — one hit shy of Fairfield’s single-season record — and finished with a .364 batting average.
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