Sept. 30, 2009
by FSU Sports Information Student Assistant, Jon Lowell
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the first week of fall practice in the books, the Seminole baseball team continues to work in preparation for the Garnet and Gold game on October 22 and 23.
In week two, Seminoles.com student assistant Jon Lowell sat down with a pair of raising sophomores in Sherman Johnson and James Ramsey who had an outstanding summer in their respective summer leagues.
On Wednesday, September 30, Ramsey shared his thoughts from the summer and how his experience in Alaska will help him in his second season at Florida State.
Q: Where did you play over the summer?
A: I played in Alaska, in the Alaskan league for a team called the Mat-Su Miners based out of Palmer.
Q: Who did you play for?
A: My coaches were Russell Raley from the University of Oklahoma and Craig Ringe from Kansas State University both volunteers.
Q: What positions did you play?
A: I played the corner outfield positions. Mostly left field, but I played a little right as well. I got a good understanding of the outfield, and had a good time out there.
Q: How did the team do?
A: We won the league championship. Our team finished in first place in a tough league that is rated second behind the Cape Cod league almost every year. So we had a lot of stiff competition, saw a lot of good pitching, but we took care of business and took home the championship.
Q: Tell me what Alaska was like.
It was a different experience. It was sunny 20-23 hours per day depending on where I was in the state. There’s no other place where you can play a game and go hike a mountain right after. Our field was amazing. It had a couple big mountains right next to it. The fishing was great. We hiked, fished, went to a couple of glaciers. I spend a lot of time outdoors, it’s what I enjoy doing.
Q: What do you think you gained from your experience in Alaska that will help you this season at FSU?
A: A lot of confidence. My experience this summer reassured me that I can play at this level. I was a unanimous All-Star. It showed me that I’m ready to step in on this team (Florida State) and be a leader and solid contributor.