Special to the Press
BRISTOL - There is never enough pitching. That is a phrase that stands true to right handed pitcher Jacob Wallace as he plays in his second summer with the Bristol Blues.
In his second year, Wallace holds a 3.00 ERA in six games and one start. He made his first start this week against the North Shore Navigators in which he served up three runs on five hits through six innings for the loss. However, he feels that if the pitching staff, including him, make their pitches they expect to get the results.
“We (pitchers) just have to throw strikes and cut down on the walks,” Wallace said on the team being successful in pitching. “If we make our pitches, the defense is good enough to hold runs.”
Prior to coming into this summer, Wallace enrolled in the University of Connecticut with a business major. He claims to have made the decision to attend UConn to go to a school where he would be given the opportunity to go far in baseball. It’s a move that has worked for Colorado Rockies reliever Scott Oberg and Houston Astros outfielder George Springer.
He played his first season with the Huskies baseball team pitching to a 6.00 ERA in 13 appearances, although it is not the result he may have wanted, Blues manager Ronnie Palmer says there is a lot of talent there to work with.
“He has a very calm demeanor and just goes about his business,” Palmer said on Wallace. “Whether he has his best stuff or not, you are not going to get a different mentality from him. He knows how to pitch and obviously has good velocity. He has good poise and command on the mound and that’s what I really like about him.”
Wallace has also learned so much from Palmer and gives the credit to him in helping the team become one this summer.
“In the beginning our coach would say that we were playing individually and not playing as a team,” Wallace said on the team’s early season struggles. “Our chemistry has definitely gotten up and everyone is gelling with everyone and getting use to everyone around people who come from different teams.”
With baseball a big part of his life, Wallace also lives a pretty normal life outside of the field. He was born in Methuen, Massachusetts, son of Michael and Susan Wallace. He grew up with two brothers Alex and Ethan and two sisters, Hannah and Lydia.
He attended high school at Methuen high and earned varsity letters three years. He was selected for the All-Conference team twice and named a team captain in his senior year. Under his leadership, he helped his team win the Junior Legion State Championship in 2014 and was named MVP of the Lawrence Tournament.
Wallace looks up to Toronto Blue Jay righty pitcher Marcus Stroman, who has also made his mark on the MLB stage. His favorite team is the Pittsburg Pirates.
On the side Wallace likes to listen to American rapper Dave East and play basketball to keep up with his physical condition.
Needless to say, Wallace feels with the good balance in his personal and baseball life, anything is possible for him.
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