Alyssa Dewes excels in ninth spot in Syracuse’s batting order

first_img Published on April 7, 2016 at 12:43 am Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ Alyssa Dewes, Syracuse’s ninth batter in the order, is breaking the stigma of being the worst hitter on the team.Out of the nine spot, the junior outfielder leads the Orange in batting average (.351), slugging percentage (.649) and on-base percentage (.406). She’s five for her last 12 and has Syracuse (17-16, 4-7 Atlantic Coast) set for its upcoming weekend series at Virginia (12-25, 2-7).“I’m comfortable being there, I’m happy being there,” Dewes said of the nine hole. “Sometimes when you get moved around in the order, you get nervous. I’m just more confident, more comfortable there.”Before she became the everyday ninth batter on March 12, Dewes moved around the order fairly often. From Feb. 12 to March 5, she hit in the five, six, seven, eight and nine spots.Head coach Mike Bosch tried Dewes higher up in the lineup to give her more at-bats, but the offense wasn’t working as well. When not hitting ninth, Dewes is hitless in 10 at-bats. In the ninth spot, where she gets better pitches to drive, she has all of her 20 hits. In 47 at-bats there, she’s hitting .426.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBosch has since penciled Dewes in the nine hole, where Dewes has been a model of consistency. With the exception of one 0-for-8 stretch, she hasn’t gone more than three consecutive games without a hit.“She gets in the confidence and she takes her hacks,” assistant coach Alisa Goler said. “When we saw her in the fall, she didn’t necessarily look like she always was just gearin’ to go. I think now when she gets up there, she feels like when she takes a hack at the ball she’s going to have a good chance.”Dewes’ 1.055 OPS (on-base percentage + slugging) also leads the team. She’s hit three home runs, four doubles and three triples on the year. She’s also tied for second on the team in stolen bases, with four.“I like her speed, she’s thrived there,” Bosch said. “Honestly, if she gets on base, we know we have people if we flip the lineup over, that will be able to drive her in.”As a freshman in 2014, Dewes hit .307 with four home runs. Last year she hit .220 with two home runs. This year, though, she’s been more comfortable out of the nine spot.“From a mental standpoint, she’s just a — I hate to say it — much happier kid this year,” Bosch said. “She just feels more relaxed at the plate.”Bosch and Goler also credit Dewes’ has quick bat speed for her success at the plate. This leads to high bat-exit speeds and hard hits off the bat. Her ability to stretch singles into doubles and doubles into triples has also helped her produce from the the last spot in the batting order.“For Dewes, that’s just her niche,” Goler said. “She owns it.” Commentslast_img read more

Illawarra Fly celebrates 10 years with family fun day

first_imgIllawarra Fly celebrates 10 years with family fun dayIllawarra Fly celebrates 10 years with family fun dayMarch 15th 2018 marks 10 years of operation for local attraction and tourist hotspot, Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures. Illawarra Fly is home to the awe-inspiring Treetop Walk and the highest zipline tour in Australia through the magnificent Southern Highlands rainforest.To celebrate this milestone, Illawarra Fly is hosting a Family Fun Day on Sunday March 18th from 11am-2pm. Big and little kids alike can enjoy a range of fun activities before embarking on a Treetop adventure of their own – whether by foot and/or flight! The on-site fun includes:Sausage sizzleJumping castlePetting zooPopcorn standCake-cutting‘Ranger Cookie’ talks about tree-planting and protectionGuests to the Family Fun Day can also snap up a Treetop Walk for $10 with the purchase of a full price ticket or 10 percent off zipline tours offers which are available for walk-up purchase on Sunday 18th March. All above mentioned on-site activities are also free with the purchase of a Treetop Walk or zipline tour.The Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk is a fantastic way to experience the Illawarra escarpment with a 1500 metre walk through beautiful, warm temperature rainforest, and features two gently swaying cantilevered arms, and a central tower (Knight’s Tower) raised nearly 50 metres from the forest floor that looks across Shellharbour, Lake Illawarra and the Pacific Ocean.Featuring a series of integrated cables spanning 247 metres, the Zipline Tour also allows guests to sail through the treetops and soak up the breathtaking panoramic views – from the lush tree tops right out to the Pacific Ocean – proving a welcome boost to the local tourism economy.For more information on Illawarra Fly, visit http://www.illawarrafly.comEvent DetailsWhere: Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures | 182 Knights Hill Rd, Knights Hill NS2 2577When: Sunday 18th March – Family Fun Day from 11am-2pm. Attraction open from 9am-5pm.Cost: Family Fun Day activities included in price of a Treetop Walk or Zipline tour ticket:Treetop Walk (walk-up price) – Adult $25. Child $15. (Buy one Treetop Walk ticket, get one for $10 available on 18/3)Zipline Tours + Treetop Walk (walk-up price) – Adult $75. Child $45 (10 percent off zipline tours available on 18/3). Source = Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventureslast_img read more