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."
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.