LOCUST GROVE, OK —
Former Locust Grove Pirate right-handed pitcher Adrian Houser ended June with a 2.45 ERA through 11 innings of work for Class A Short-Season Tri-City in New York.
Houser began the season with an appearance as a reliever. He pitched two innings, in which he gave up four runs—three earned—and six hits. The tough outing put Houser’s season starting ERA at 13.50.
Houser bounced back with a scoreless outing as a starter five days later. He threw five innings, only giving up two hits and whiffing six batters in the no-decision. In Houser’s second start against Connecticut, he shut out the Tigers for four innings while only allowing four hits in another no-decision.
Houser has a perfect ERA in the month of June as a starter after his tough relief performance. After that first appearance Houser continued to stay positive.
“I thought I did good my first outing. Just had a few tough breaks and I just kept thinking that I had to keep getting better the next game and keep it going throughout the season and just fix the little things that need to be fixed,” Houser said.
Growing up, Adrian’s father, Mike Houser, preached to him about the importance of the “little things” in baseball. Mike, Adrian’s former coach while growing up in Locust Grove, would put emphasis on the tiny details that most fathers and coaches would often overlook. Adrian says his father’s advice has followed him into his professional career.
“His words have helped remind me that to be able to accomplish the big things that I want to do in my career, I first have to be almost perfect with the little things in the game that will all come together to be the big things that I want to accomplish,” Adrian said.
Mike coached Adrian in Little League and continued to coach his son in high school, where they won the Pirates' first baseball state championship in 2011 with a 25-7 record. Winning a state title with his father and life-long coach made Adrian’s championship experience that much greater.
“(Winning a state title with my dad) meant a lot,” Adrian said. “I mean my dad played baseball at Locust Grove and they got close to the state tournament and I’m glad he got to experience winning it with us and making history for Locust Grove. It was a great feeling to know that he was our coach when we won it.”
Today, as a professional pitcher, Adrian still gives the credit of his success to his father who has helped make him into the prospect he is today.
“I believe he deserves most of the credit, because he pushed me to be better in everything I did in baseball and in life. I’m glad and blessed that he pushed me so much when I was younger. He’s done so much for me,” Adrian said.
Houser’s next start is scheduled for July 4 under a lit sky in Troy, N.Y.