By Jarrod Harris
Times West Virginian
Johnny Bench said it best: “A pitcher and a catcher — two independent players, playing completely different positions with completely different job descriptions.”
Although these two positions require different skill sets, in order for a team to be successful, the pair must work together.
Their relationships are delicate. A catcher is there to warm the pitcher up before the games, catch multiple bullpen sessions and build a friendship that lasts a lifetime.
The pair must think in unison. They have to be on the same page when pitches are being called, and the pitcher has to trust what the catcher is calling.
Fairmont Senior and its pitching staff has an advantage heading into next season.
The Polar Bears’ starting catcher, Gage Hannah, has been tweaking and coaching the pitching staff since last October.
He caught the pitching staff through winter workouts, he caught nearly every high school baseball game and now he is catching the Polar Bears pitching staff in Legion baseball for Fairmont Legion Post 17.
“When the pitchers are on the mound, I have that connection,” Hannah said. “I can know them, and I know their pitches more. I’ll catch a guy from North (Marion) and it will be different. But catching a guy from West — Johnny (Kesling), Fletcher (DeVaul),