By Courtney Handley
With the Indiana Wesleyan University baseball team’s recent success, some standout players have been recognized not only by the school, but also by the entire Crossroads League. One player in particular, Bryan Beachy (so), was recently named the Crossroads League Pitcher of the Week.
Beachy earned the title for his performance at Marian College March 22. The team won both games in its league opener, with Michael Caley (sr) pitching the first game and Beachy pitching all seven innings of the second game. Beachy allowed only two runs throwing eight strikeouts and just one walk.
“Every member of the team contributed to that game. I had a good game, yes, but it is always team effort,” Beachy said about the team’s clean sweep of the Marian Knights.
Caley agreed with Beachy.
“Pitching really takes a toll on our arms,” Caley said. “We can’t pitch the whole time, for both games, and we have a great pitching team and we are confident in whoever goes up to the mound.”
“I’m more of a finesse pitcher,” Beachy said. “I don’t throw as hard or as fast as some of the other guys.” When he practices, Beachy said he works on his placement and style rather than speed.
“He has done extremely well this year. He’s very competitive, wants the ball and when he goes out there, I feel like we have a really good chance to win,” coach Chad Newhard said about Beachy. Newhard also said he feels that way about all the starting pitchers on the team.
“They are a very tight-knit group; they have a desire to win and compete every time they go out,” Newhard said. “It definitely gives our team confidence.”
Beachy’s brother Brandon is a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves and played for the Wildcats from 2005 to 2008.
“I don’t ever compare myself to my brother. My parents are proud of all their kids and we’re all different from each other,” Beachy said. “They don’t expect me to be like him or anybody else.”
Beachy has six siblings, almost all of whom play baseball or softball. He said he feels no pressure from the fact that his brother plays in the major leagues.
“I just focus on improving my game and getting better so I can contribute to my team,” Beachy said. Beachy added his favorite part of playing baseball at IWU is the camaraderie with the players.
“I’ve made some of the greatest friends on the team and we all just love hanging together and goofing off,” Beachy said. “And playing baseball, of course.”