Almost everyone that has had real success in life has had to deal with failure somewhere along the way. Falmouth resident and former FHS star Nick Couhig has been dealing with his first real bout with disappointment on the pitcher’s mound this summer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
The NECBL is one step below the Cape Cod Baseball League. If the CCBL were the big leagues, then the NECBL would be AAA ball. It’s a very good league, and Couhig has not posted the type of numbers that he has in the past.
“I got the ERA down to 10 last time out,” he said with a laugh. “It’s tough. The hitters are really good, and they make you pay for mistakes.”
Couhig, who is pitching out of the bullpen for the New Bedford Bay Sox, has been on the comeback trail ever since suffering a rotator cuff and labrum injuries to his right arm during his senior season with the Clippers. That injury came early in that season and prevented him from pitching for the rest of that the 2017 season, though he did play in the outfield for the Clippers on their run to the state tournament.
His coaches at Boston College opted to have him use a redshirt season as a freshman. He did not appear in his first college ballgame until this past spring. He appeared in three games in relief for the Eagles and worked a total of four innings for the season.
“I’ve never really struggled. My first appearance (this summer) I went around three or four innings, and I did pretty decent, okay, but I struggled after that. My next three or four appearances, I just wasn’t as strong. I was getting hit,” he said. “Now, finally, I’m starting to put it together a little bit better. It hasn’t been a control thing at all, it’s just that I have to make putaway pitches that I never really had to before. Now I’m being challenged by the hitters and I’m learning to get around that, getting by that little bump. It happens to everyone.”
For the summer Couhig has made seven appearances so far. He had not allowed an earned run over his last two appearances before running into a bad inning on the Vineyard on July 21.
Over the rest of the summer the Falmouth native said that he plans on working to get better with each appearance. He’s happy with the velocity that he’s working with now and his pitches are improving, though he said he needs to do a better job of locating his off-speed stuff.
His goal is to become a dependable arm for the Eagles next spring, and to be pitching in the Cape League next summer or the one after. “Even if it’s for a game, a week, whatever, that’s always been a dream,” he said. “To play in the Cape League would be awesome.”