It’s certainly not baseball weather here in the Quad Cities. But down in Florida, the Hawkeyes baseball team will begin the 2020 season on Friday.
Former Davenport Assumption star Trenton Wallace figures to be a big part of Iowa’s pitching staff.
“It was definitely a reset for me this year,” Wallace said. “I kind of ran into some problems this summer that I wanted to deal with off the field and kind of my mentality on the field.”
The first two years of Wallace’s iowa career haven’t gone as planned.
“I would definitely say it was a maturity aspect for me,” Wallace said.
Tommy John surgery ended his freshman season in 2018. The journey back from injury forced an overhaul to his mentality last year.
“When I kinda went to summer ball, it was more of a realization that I can just relax and play the game,” Wallace said. “I was playing with guys that I’d never seen before. I got to meet some new guys and have a lot of fun this summer. It made me step back and think, like, the game is truly just a game.”
Wallace’s time with the Lakeshore Chinooks in the Northwoods League has given him a fresh outlook in Iowa City.
Iowa coach Rick Heller said the changes are apparent.
“Well, he’s stronger,” Heller said. “He’s more confident. He has really cleaned some things up with his arm action. He’s more efficient. His pitches tunnel better. His breaking ball is a lot better.”
Wallace is competing for innings on the Hawkeyes staff. He says content with however he’s able to impact the black-and-gold in 2020.
“Believing in whatever role I am given is how I am gonna help the team,” Wallace said. “If I can help the team with the way the coaches think I can. That’s how the game is going to play to me and it’s gonna just come to me instead of me pressing on to the game.”
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