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Sports > High School >> Baseball/Softball

Pitching ace enters national spotlight: SW's Bryce Reimer stoked to pitch at Nationals

Oct 3, 2019

By Richard A. Ross - reporter/photographer

Bryce Reimer, Sullivan West ace southpaw hurler, plays for Northeast Pride which is heading to the Nationals in Jupiter, Florida. Reimer will be competing against the nation's best and on view to upwards of 200 Major League scouts.
JUPITER, FLORIDA— In what he describes as one of the biggest experiences of his life as well as his baseball career to date, Sullivan West senior Bryce Reimer will take to the mound to pitch a game for the Northeast Pride Scout Team in the Nationals slated for October 9-14. While Reimer, a southpaw fireballer with a lethal arsenal of other pitches is well-known for his pitching acumen at Sullivan West where he hurled a perfect game against Tuxedo last spring, and is now just 156 strike outs shy of being Number ten in all-time New York State high school history for fanning batters, his baseball involvement is far from limited to the two-month Bulldogs' season.
For the past three and a half years Reimer has been hurling for Northeast Pride coached by Joe Curreri and his assistant Scott Chambers. Chambers, Reimer's pitching coach, pitched at Marist and was drafted into the big leagues. He currently runs a facility in Colonie. Chambers call the pitches for Reimer as the teams they are playing have often been carefully scouted.

In one of his most outstanding outings to date, Reimer pitched a complete game and struck out 16 in the Pride's win over their arch-rival the Scranton Sandhogs in the Northeast National Qualifier. The team won all five games in the tournament playing other teams from the region, thereby punching their ticket to the vaunted Nationals.
There, teams from across the U.S.A, including regions whose weather is amenable to playing year-round, will vie for the honor of being national champion in the U-17 category which Reimer's squad competes in.
In their division at Nationals will be K-Exposure, the Milwaukee Brewers Scout Team and U.S.A Breakthrough Series. The teams will practice at the gorgeous off-season facility used by the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays. Four games are guaranteed in the tournament which is structured to be a double-elimination venture.
Upwards of 200 Major League scouts will be on hand and Reimer holds out hope that he might be drafted. He has already committed to Division I Bucknell University where he will study Mechanical Engineering while pitching for the Bisons. He has already fostered a great relationship with his coaches Scott Heather and Jason Neitz. Bucknell competes in the competitive Patriot League. Should the opportunity arise from a draft offer, he would strongly consider it if the terms were amenable.
He minces no words about his aspirations. He wants to pitch in the Major Leagues someday and his 90 mile an hour two-seam and four-seam fastballs, his changeup and baffling curve (slurve) are all thrown with devastating accuracy. Reimer benefits strongly from the advice and support of his brothers Brad and Bret who both wore Number 4 as he does, as well as his dad Lee who is an omnipresent coach and supporter.
His mom Cathy lovingly completes the family array that has nurtured and fostered Bryce's interest and focus in the game he holds so dear. Lee has schooled Bryce with powerful advice as well as affirmation of his son's superior talent. “Don't think. Be calm, cool and collected. Never aim it..just throw it,” he has averred. Bryce notes that even in games when things haven't gone according to plan, “I never rattle on the mound.” His mindset, which is extremely confident is based on his belief in his ability. He is comfortable with his role. So much so that he goes against the prevailing advice for pitchers to just put the ball in play.
“I never want our defense to work that hard when they don't have to,” he avows. His love of the game is paramount. “I'm just happy to be out there to play the game I love every day,” he adds. When it comes to his role on Northeast Pride he says confidently, “I'm the guy to pitch the most-needed game. Others may throw harder but I'm the Ace.”
These days the Sullivan County Democrat sports pages are filled with stories of football, soccer, cross-country and volleyball. And in a few months that will morph to basketball, indoor track and skiing. Aside from the growing interest in Major League Baseball's upcoming playoffs and the annual fervor over the World Series, few high schoolers are thinking much about baseball. After all the spring seems so far away at present.
But for Reimer it's always baseball season. Training for the Northeast Pride season officially begins in December.
Games are played on weekends beginning in April and going on right through the summer. The Nationals will mark the coda to this year's campaign. Some people wonder why Reimer doesn't play a fall sport at school. It's because of his commitment to baseball and getting himself ready for what he hopes will be a landmark season for Sullivan West and for his own accomplishments. These fall months mean 2.5-3 hours of training a day that includes heavy weight lifting.
“Mass equals gas,” he notes. There is also, running hills, and stretching. He throws three to five days a week. As the season approaches the shift goes from heavy weights to lighter ones with more reps to build greater flexibility. Reimer's career was impacted by a torn ACL suffered in basketball during his sophomore year.
While one doctor recommended surgery, Dr. Metzger in Scranton, a former orthopedist for Rutgers University felt that Reimer's powerful musculature as well as the scar tissue would allow him to continue to pitch without surgery. Clearly he was right. Sophomore year was a struggle but things improved significantly last year, especially after his performance at the Wood Ball Classic tournament in Georgia. Though the team didn't make the qualifying standards to advance, Reimer felt a strong resurgence of his passion for the game which had been affected by the injury and resultant struggles to get back to form.
Reimer is very positive about his experience at Sullivan West. “I consider myself lucky to have great coaches like Scott Haberli and Bill Kirk. They're great people and they know a lot about the game.”
Indeed, it seems it takes a village to raise a star and so it has been from his formative years with his family, coaches, teammates and the community which has rallied to support him.
Reimer reveres his family. He considers his brothers and his dad as his role models. “I want to be like them,” he maintains. Now it's on to Nationals, then what he hopes will be SW's finest season in years, Bucknell or perhaps a future prospect for a major league baseball team. Bryce Reimer enters the spotlight of the nationals and those of us who know and revere him hope he shines.

Bryce Reimer pitching file
at SW Spring 2018
Innings Pitched: 55.33
Total pitches :864
Batters faced: 205
Hits allowed: 21
Earned runs allowed: 11
Walks: 17
Strike Outs: 123
Balks: 0
Wild pitches: 2
WHIP: 0.7
ERA: 1.39

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