TOP FORM: Michael Gahan chalks up another hit in the United States.
TOP FORM: Michael Gahan chalks up another hit in the United States. CONTRIBUTED

Lismore baseballer's campaign for career in US leagues

LISMORE baseballer Michael Gahan is continuing to do well in his bid to make his way in the sport in the United States.

Gahan, 20, now in his second year in the US, has again come up with some impressive statistics after a highly successful 2014.

Last year in college baseball he finished with a batting average of .441 and his pitching was even more impressive, topping the team with a low earned run average (ERA) of 1.62.

He finished with five wins and no losses after pitching 39 innings in all, tallying 40 strike-outs.

Gahan played in the Arizona Collegiate League for the Lizards and in the final he pitched seven innings, striking out nine and clinching the top seed.

This year is shaping up to be just as impressive. He now plays for the Marysville Gold Sox in a competition where he is up against college players and older.

The team is second in its league with 29 wins and seven losses, leaving it only half a game out of first place.

Gahan has a batting average of .364 (12 hits from 33 at-bats), a .455 slugging percentage and a .474 on- base percentage, which ranks among the highestin the team.

He also continues to impress with the glove, having committed only four errors in 78 chances, giving him a respectable .949 fielding average.

But his pitching is again what stands out with four wins and no losses, a 1.41 ERA in 38.1 innings pitched, conceding only six runs.

Baseball is never far way because even on his days off from playing Gahan is involved in training camps with children.


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