By Taylor Grafft
It takes a certain kind of character and mental toughness to play in the closer role for your team.
Cody Remore is one of the few players who has the qualities and attitude it takes to achieve success when the game is on the line. Whether it’s on the mound or playing shortstop, Remore has the confidence and ability to get the job done.
“My favorite position to play is pitcher,” said Remore. “I love when the game is in my hands. As a pitcher you have to have a good arm and be able to see the ball off the bat quicker then anyone on the field. And as a shortstop you have to be a leader.”
Remore added that it’s also important that you are coachable and open to what your coaches are trying to teach. Someone who is a team player that is always willing to do what is best for the team without drama or argument.
Remore found his love and passion for baseball at a young age through the help of his father, who played college football and baseball at the University of Missouri. Remore’s father first entered him into T-ball, and then as Remore grew older, his father placed him in coach-pitch leagues and kid-pitch leagues.
Remore came to Liberty Hill in the eighth grade and continued his pursuit of a baseball career and a dream to play college ball at Blinn College.
It did not take long for the Liberty Hill Varsity coaches to realize how much talent and versatility that Remore possessed, as they placed him on the varsity team in his sophomore season as a pitcher.
Since then, Remore has developed into an all-around player and leader. He says that Coach Mike Kristan and the other coaches have taught him how to lead the team and take control of a game.
This season has been different for Remore as he has learned to take on more responsibility than in previous seasons. With three years of varsity experience, Remore is now taking on the responsibility of playing shortstop before coming in to pitch in relief and in the closer role.
So far this season, Remore has three saves in three opportunities. He also has yet to allow a run in district contests, and boasts a 1.12 ERA this season overall.
That success and dominance doesn’t come simple for Remore. He has had to work extra hard to achieve his goals.
“I work hard every day to get better and help my team out the best I can,” Remore said. “Before every game I think of what I need to do to help my team win the game. I throw in the bullpen every day and taking grounders every day to get better for my team.”
With the 17-5 start to the season, the expectations and goals for the Panthers are still in sight and achievable. Remore is confident that this season his team can get it done and go a long way in the post season.
“We are all like brothers,” Remore said. “We have been playing with each other for four years now. We have a lot of talent and I believe we can go all the way if we play to our fullest potential.”
Remore’s best games at the plate this season came in district games against Gatesville and Llano. Against Gatesville, Remore went 3-for-5 with two singles and a double and drove in four runs. Remore also performed well on the mound for the Panthers in relief work. Remore pitched four innings of relief, picked up a save and struck out four batters.
He also scored a run. Against Llano he went 1-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in. On the mound, Remore pitched one inning of relief and struck out two batters.
Remore and his teammates will be looking for revenge on Friday as they travel to Burnet for a rematch against their rivals. Burnet defeated the Panthers in their first meeting in Liberty Hill on March 21.