Now that he’s had a little time to look back on all the things he accomplished on the baseball diamond, Greg Ladd is most impressed with his continued improvement.
Ladd wrapped up his college baseball career a little over a month ago in successful fashion, helping Colby College to its first winning season since 2008.
The right-handed Ladd, a former standout at Danvers High, worked his way into the starting rotation in his final spring and continued to trend upward until his final pitch was fired.
“You would’ve thought after pitching so much my entire life that I had maxed out. I don’t know how much better I got, but even up to the last game I still felt like I was learning and getting better,” Ladd said.
“I still wish there were things I could have done, but after how many games I’ve pitched and even to the last one, I was still learning and getting better.”
The improvement Ladd showed during his time with the Mules culminated with him earning a spot as one of Colby’s ‘weekend starters’, meaning he was one of the team’s top three starters that got the ball in the games against New England Small College Athletic Conference teams.
Ladd ended up pitching very well, going 3-2 in nine appearances with a 2.51 ERA. He threw three complete games, pitched 43 innings and earned two saves.
Not the type to continuously blow fastballs by hitters, Ladd struck out 16 and walked 10 during the year.
“I realized where I was. In high school I was blowing fastball by guys, but in the NESCAC that wasn’t going to happen. It came down to thinking,” Ladd said. “Coach (Dale Plummer) put it in my head that no one in the league is going to bat over .500 against you; the majority of the time you have a pitch to get that guy out. It’s not about striking a guy out, it’s about challenging him and saying ‘here it is, I’m going to attack.’ Nothing is free. If you get a hit, then I tip my cap and go on to the next guy.