In the young 2018 season, Blaine Gillim of the 3rd Region's Ohio County Eagles is making a big statement. That statement is he is healthy and ready to compete at a high level. Having been sidelined all of last year's high school season recovering from UCL surgery, there are always questions and concerns about the success and rehabilitation from such a serious surgery. It was a success thanks to the talents of Dr. Timothy Kremchek in Cincinnati and all of the hard work with excellent therapists and coaches. The results last summer & fall were tremendous, but this spring it appears he continues to get stronger and better in all aspects.
With a totally healthy arm and enhanced strength, conditioning, and mechanics, Gillim is putting up some ridiculous number thus far. In 3 outings, he has accumulated 13 2/3 innings racking up 33 strikeouts against only 6 walks. Last night, he had 14K through 5 innings, and even with a chance to tie the most strikeouts in a single game in the history of the KHSAA, pitch count and doctors orders prevailed at the end of the 5th. Aside from a excellent fastball that has upper 80s juice and movement, the kid has developed other pitches along the way to add to his arsenal. There is hope to integrate a cut fastball and change-up more often and with confidence in the future. Its a never-ending process as true baseball people know.
The expectations are always extremely high for a pitcher like Gillim, however, the young man handles that pressure and the game with confidence, humbleness, and fierce competitiveness. Feeling strong and totally healthy for the first time in few years, despite putting up great numbers in those years not only for Ohio County but the Scorpions (in Florida), he strives to improve with steady work ethic on a daily basis.
Looking forward to what the future holds for the young man and so many others in the 3rd Region.....and throughout the great state of Kentucky. Best of luck to everyone this season. Take care.