POTW: Bill Holemon
Published 10:35 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Bill Holemon doesn’t say much. He’s regarded as a pretty quiet guy. But as silent as he can sometimes be in the dugout, the DHS hurler demands attention on the field.
The Tiger sophomore does the bulk of his pitching for the junior varsity squad. However, last week, Holemon got a taste of varsity action when he traveled to Wetumpka for the spring break tournament.
Holemon entered the game for an inning of work against the Indians, the No. 7 team in 6A. Unshaken by the level of talent in the batter’s box, Holemon did what he does. He worked the edges. He hit his spots. He kept hitters off balance with his plus curveball.
Even when his breaking ball found the meat of the plate and the home plate umpire failed to call the pitch a strike, Holemon much like his teammate William Stewart did when suffering the same fate remained unfazed and continued to make his pitch.
After his brief visit to varsity, Holemon returned to junior varsity action Monday to start game one of a double-header against Sweet Water on the mound. With that same disregard for opposing hitters, the reticent righty toed the rubber for the full five innings, striking out five batters while scattering four hits and two runs.
The effort, which was backed up by timely Stewart and Thomas Cramer doubles, was good enough to move Holemon to 5-0 on the year as a JV pitcher and merit him some overdue attention in the Player of the Week spotlight.