On Tuesday, Stephen Shaw took the field at Harker Heights just as he did last season. Only this time, when Shaw was introduced, it wasn’t with the visitors but with the home team. Shaw, a junior transfer from Ellison, has had an immediate impact in his first season at Heights, where he has also shifted from shortstop to left field on defense. After helping Heights reach a winning record in league play with a victory against his former team, Shaw simply hopes to continue doing so as district play heats up.
What was Tuesday like going against Ellison for the first time?
It was kind of good because we’re all friends and stuff like that, but it’s fun competing against them — real fun.
How difficult was it facing Sam Weston? It seemed like he had it working.
It was pretty difficult. He’s pitched real good. He was throwing it in there pretty fast.
What was it like for your former team to intentionally walk Caleb Dean to get to you in the sixth?
I was just thinking, ‘hit the ball.’ That’s all I’ve got to do.
You hit it pretty well, but a guy was there. Did you think it was going to get down?
No, I thought he was going to catch it actually. I thought he was going to catch it right there on the fence.
When he didn’t, how nice was it to get a hit when hits were hard to come by?
It felt real good to move the runners around and all that.
How has Heights been to you this year?
It’s been real good. The coaches are real good, they’re teaching us well. (Head) coach (Glenn) Cunningham is coaching real good, (assistant) coach (Randy) Culp is coaching real good, every coach is coaching real good.
What were your goals coming into this year?
Just grades and playing baseball.
What part of your game are you hoping to improve the most this year?
I hope to improve in left field. I just started there. I hope to improve on that real soon. It’s fun playing out there.
How has the transition to the outfield been?
It’s pretty good. We’re doing real good out there. It’s just the transition.
Coach Cunningham said you’ve been contributing from the jump, did you expect to come in and have an immediate impact?
Not really, but now going through the season, I’m looking forward to it.
How does it feel to be on a team with high expectations for this district season?
It feels real good. It feels good that we’re probably going to go to the playoffs and stuff like that. We have a good, solid team with good players.