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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Under the radar

One baseball coach dropped perhaps the line of the year Saturday, saying scouting high school sports is tough because "it's a whole lot of hype."

We're partly responsible for that, I'll admit. That also means we're partly responsible for the "under the radar" players.

I saw one of those while covering a game at Airline on Saturday.

Andrew Shamsabady is the third pitcher in the Vikings' weekend rotation, but you wouldn't have known it Saturday.

The fast-working (we love those in journalism circles, by the way) right-hander was at his best when his team needed it, two-hitting Byrd as Airline clinched a share of the district crown.

Shamsabady's coach, Toby Todd, said he uses his fastball mainly as a show pitch and he did just that Saturday, getting Byrd to hit several lazy fly balls and slow rollers.

A few more starts like that and Shamsabady may become a hard-to-spell household name.


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