Bruso primed to put cap on great season
With a 4-0 record and an earned run average less than three runs per game, one might think that Greg Bruso is the ace of the Carson Capitols pitching staff.
No, he’s one of 12 aces for Ron McNutt’s pitching-rich summer baseball team.
Bruso is expected to get at least one start for the 48-5 Capitols during the season-ending Pride of America Baseball Championships Aug. 1-9 in Santa Rosa.
Bruso, who will enter his senior year at South Tahoe this fall, has been almost perfect at times for the Capitols, throwing a no-hitter, a one-hitter and a pair of three-hitters.
However, such excellence hasn’t translated into more bump action. Bruso has gone as long as a week to 10 days between starts.
“I’ve pitched better than I expected, but it’s real tough. We don’t have practice because we play practically ever day, so you have to do your pitching on your own time,” said Bruso, who owns a 2.80 earned run average in 30 innings of work..
Instead of pouting about his lack of mound time, Bruso has gone to school watching his teammates pitch.
“I’ve learned a lot by watching them and seeing how they act. Everyone has their different pitches that move different ways, so I’m always trying to pick up new stuff and apply it to make me better,” Bruso said.
Bruso’s past two Capitol appearances were brief and shaky.
Meridian, Idaho, scored four runs against him in two innings, but the Capitol hitters were up to the task as they pounded out a 16-13 victory.
“I threw strikes and they hit them, but they hit everybody. Everybody has their tough outings,” Bruso said. “I don’t think I’ve improved a lot lately. What I have learned is not to show any emotion on the mound. If the umpire is calling bad strikes, don’t say anything.”
In a relief role against a San Diego-area team last Saturday, Bruso served up one run but the 85-mph chucker struck out the side.
“I thought I had a good inning,” said Bruso, who didn’t figure in the outcome as McNutt utilized six Capitols pitchers in the 8-4 win.
McNutt used the game to prepare his pitchers for the upcoming championships. Normally the key for remaining on the mound for McNutt is based on one factor.
“If you’re getting hit pretty hard but throwing strikes coach McNutt will keep you in there, because he has a lot of confidence in the team being able to come back,” Bruso said.
Admittedly, this will be the most significant week of Bruso’s young baseball career. And for one of the few times all season, McNutt might let Bruso know a few days in advance of when he is scheduled to pitch.
“Coach wants to watch a few teams play and then he’ll decide who to put with who,” Bruso said. “I’ve pitched in a couple of big games, and I’m always going to be nervous. But I’m not going to be as nervous as I used to be.”
No, those raw nerves will be in the batter’s box.
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