ECHS senior catcher wins at camp

Published 9:40 pm Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Escambia County High School senior Matthew Quimby was a member of an undefeated baseball team that took home the Under Armour Baseball Factory World Series in Bradenton, Fla.



The 17-year-old McCullough native and his teammates with the Athletics won four games during the baseball camp tournament, eventually defeating the Cardinals 3-1.

In addition to the tournament, the camp that took place at the Pittsburgh Pirates spring training facility worked players on fundamentals like hitting, team defense, individual defense and baserunning.

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“It was 10 hours or more of baseball a day,” Quimby said. “It fixed a lot of my problems at the plate with hitting.”

The camp also helped the Blue Devil pitcher and catcher work on the way he received the ball at the plate and helped to correct his stance.

“It was very beneficial,” he said.

Quimby said he got an invitation to tryout for the camp from coach Gavin King last season. He tried out in Mobile and was invited to the camp that ran from July 31 to Aug. 5.

The son of Stan Quimby said he plans to play baseball this year under new head coach Michael Parker and is looking forward to the season.
“I haven’t met him yet,” Quimby said. “I’ve heard some good things about him.”

Parker said in a previous interview that the baseball schedule is a few small tweaks from completion, but would include games with other county teams, unlike previous years.