Ingram ready to build a mighty fall – sunflower

After Chuck Ingram finished his freshman season, he knew his weak point. curve.

Ingram worked in the summer and fall to see as many non-quick pitches as possible. It paid off during WSU’s fall brawls, hitting five pairs and running my house, all the while making contact more consistent on the board.

“I worked really hard this summer on visibly curved balls and saw the curve balls early in the count and swing and beat off the bat,” Ingram said. “Last spring, that transition from high school to college with cornering balls was a little tricky because I wasn’t used to seeing curveballs that good.”

Ingram said that being able to take out-of-speed pitches early in the count was crucial to getting better rackets. Last year, Ingram hit 34 out of 89 times on the bat, in large part due to these difficulties.

“It really helped me keep track of pitches and layoffs early in the count,” Ingram said. “With the season going, it will help me improve my performance off the bat and at the end of the day, help the team win.”

Eric Wedge, head coach, said he is impressed with Ingram’s improvement in pitch tracking.

“He’s made steady progress,” Wedge said. “He’s doing a better job in controlling the area, he’s obviously very strong, he’s got a lot of raw power, so when he touches it, he goes a long way. He’s not trying to do much and he’s worked really hard on the court.”

When Ingram finally arrived at the Wichita State campus last fall, he had low expectations for his role on the team. Ingram has been rehabilitating after wrist surgery, and he still has some lingering effects.

Although Ingram wasn’t expecting it, he did get a chance to get some playtime in the spring. On April 10, first baseman Garrett Cogis broke his wrist, forcing him to be absent for more than a month. Ingram was called in to help fill that void and started 15 matches due to Kocis’ absence.

Ingram is now adjusting to the field, having spent most of his high school career and playing first base last season.

“I haven’t really played on the court much, and now I’ve been playing it for a while,” Ingram said. “I am used to everything here, the team and the coaches. I feel very comfortable and very confident in this season.”

Ingram is excited to earn one of the vacancies, after both Corrigan Bartlett and Hunter Gibson graduated.

“I looked at all these guys who were here last year very clearly and they taught me a lot,” Ingram said. “This is what I have always dreamed of, starting with the pitch for the DI program. It is really important to me.”

The Kansas City, Missouri native said Bartlett and Gibson have been instrumental in his growth on the field and he is glad he had the opportunity to learn from them.

“I ate a lot because I was new to it,” Ingram said. “I learned a lot with my foot movement, that was new to me and it just helped me with volleyballs and things like that. All those things I didn’t know before, they helped me. I am really grateful for that.”