GEORGETOWN — On the mound, Conor Steinbaugh has seen it all — tie games, bases loaded, full counts — but when it comes to facing those this season?
“Uh, no,” the Georgetown-Ridge Farm senior said.
Steinbaugh is a force on the mound, averaging nearly two strikeouts per inning this season. His 0.38 ERA includes a no-hitter and perfect game.
“I’ve thrown a lot harder this year, lifted a lot of weights in the off-season, so that’s been helping me throw harder,” he said.
“Consistency has always been there,” Georgetown-Ridge Farm coach Chad Steinbaugh said. “He’s always thrown strikes. This year he’s really improved his velocity.”
It might help that the Oakton Community College signee’s current head coach also his dad.
“We watch games together and we talk, and we know what kind of situations are,” Chad said. “We just kind of look at each other and he knows what he needs to do, whether it’s throw it inside or outside, or what he needs to execute.”
When Steinbaugh’s not striking out batters on the mound or mashing the ball att he plate, you’ll likely find him at the family’s pond with a pole.
“His brothers, they love fishing,” Chad said. “The youngest brother, Cameron, is probably the leading fisherman in the family. They talk a little trash. Who catches the biggest fish and what not.”
“Usually have some bets on it,” Conor said. “Usually like five dollars or something. No one ever gets paid, though.”
The man-made pond is a sort of baseball-free zone for the Steinbaugh family.
“Just relax and do whatever,” Conor added.
A nice break for Steinbaugh before he returns to the mound in hopes of reeling in just as many postseason wins for the Buffaloes, as fish. Georgetown-Ridge Farm is a No. 5 seed in the Tuscola sub-sectional, they’ll face Casey-Westfield in their playoff opener on May 15.