Dauphin's William Hlady is spending his summer just down the road. The 19-year-old is playing for the Melville Millionaires of the Western Canadian Baseball League.
The hard-throwing right-hander has made four appearances. In three of them, William has seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings. He also never gave up an earned run in those three performances.
"I just trust my catcher out there. Having a different catcher from a different school has really helped out," said Hlady. "He's a little bit older and he knows more about the game. I'm just placing the ball where he wants it and I have trust that the defence will make a play."
William's last outing didn't go as hoped. He gave up seven earned runs on four hits. The outing was his only that he didn't record a strikeout. In Hlady's defence, no Mills' pitcher was able to really get any Lethbridge Bull out as they came swinging hard in route to racking up 13 runs.
"Getting behind in the count really hurt me, I was forcing myself to come into the zone more often and they were hitting the ball," added Hlady. "It's how baseball works sometimes. We have a saying that you're always going to have one bad game in a year, and hopefully, that was it. You can't sit in the past and dwell on it; you just have to move forward."
The Millionaires are 5-9 to start the season. That has them just on the outside looking in the Eastern Conference. With being just 14 games in and with more than 30 games left, William is confident this team can make good things happen. They won their last game last night against Lethbridge, 9-8.
The nine runs were second most behind the 15 the team put up against Yorkton on May 30.
"At the start, we struggled with hitting and our pitching held us in some games," said Hlady. "It looks like the bats are coming around here and everyone is feeling a lot better about how things are going."
In the recent three-game set with Lethbridge, William and the Mills' won two games and put up 18 runs overall.
When it comes to what he's enjoying most, that's a pretty simple one for the Dauphinite.
"Just meeting new guys, talking to them and playing baseball," said Hlady. "Not everyone gets this opportunity. I get up every day and I know I'll be hitting the field at night; it's a pretty special feeling. I love it."
The team plays a home and home with Moose Jaw beginning tonight in Melville.