OAKLAND -- One of the things Bishop O'Dowd High baseball player Channing Nesbitt has wanted to work on over this offseason is strength.

"I just felt to get stronger, I had to go to the weight room a little more," said Nesbitt, who has gained 10-12 pounds of muscle. That's bad news for his opponents, as the left-handed pitcher already was tough to face last season as a junior.

"The offseason is very serious for him. He has positioned himself for a very good season," Bishop O'Dowd coach Chris Kyriacou said.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Nesbitt signed with the University of Washington on Nov. 13.

"One of the most important things to me was to play for a coach I can connect with. That made it easy for me," said Nesbitt about Washington pitching coach Jason Kelly. "When I went up there, the atmosphere was great."

Last season, Nesbitt produced a record of 7-1 with a miniscule earned run average of 0.54. He struck out 86 batters in 65 innings pitched.

Nesbitt can throw a fastball in the high 80s, but he also has a very good curveball and changeup.

"He can throw them at any time for a strike, and I think that will separate him from other people," Kyriacou said.

One thing Nesbitt wants to improve is his efficiency.

"I wasted too many pitches (last season). I need to get my pitch count down," said Nesbitt, who walked 30 batters last season. "I need to work on staying ahead in the count."


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Channing is no slouch at the plate either. He batted .375 last year for the Dragons with nine RBI and 12 runs scored.

"Obviously he had a very good season last year. I'm looking forward to this year. He's obviously the guy for us," Kyriacou said.

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