Remi Drouin, Sport Reporter
Pitcher Steven Hough has been nothing short of dominant in his fourth and final season for the Hawks.
In three starts this season, the 32-year-old right-hander pitched 17.2 innings and owns an astonishing 1.98 ERA (Earned Run Average).
“I just take the ball when they give it to me and give our guys a chance to win,” Hough said. “I’m not a huge strikeout guy, I’m not a power pitcher by any means.
“I just try and let my guys do their job,” he said.
His performance this season caught the attention of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) and was named male athlete of the week in mid-September.
Hough pitched a complete game shutout against the St. Clair Saints recording a pair of strikeouts and allowing only three hits on Sept. 14.
He worked in a warehouse for five years before making the decision to enrol in Humber’s Sport Management program.
“I hated it, I couldn’t do it anymore,” he said.
Hough tried out for the Hawks baseball team four years ago and the rest, as the cliché goes, is history.
He started playing softball when he was four years old and transitioned to baseball three years later.
Hough’s love for the game began when the Toronto Blue Jays won back-to-back World Series in 1992 and 1993.
“Back then, playing baseball was the cool thing to do,” he said.
Hough said once he got older and started pitching, he enjoyed the control and impact he could have on the game.
“With an older, more mature athlete coming in, it’s almost like you inherit another coach,” said Matt Ferreira, director of Athletics and Recreation, who was also former Hawks head coach.
“Steven is someone who is very selfless, wants to win and will do what he needs to do to succeed,” he said.
Hough’s favourite memory playing for Humber was two seasons ago when he threw a one-hit shutout against the St. Clair Saints who were the eventual league champions.
“He’s a good mentor for a lot of these young guys,” said Justin Marra, Hawks assistant coach and former catcher. “The two years I caught for him, he dominated.”
Hough chuckled at the thought of how long he’s been playing the game compared to his teammates.
“I’ve been playing senior ball longer than some of these kids have played in their entire lives,” he said.
The next game for the Hawks is on Oct. 5 against the Fanshawe Falcons at Connorvale Park.
Hough said he has no delusions about what happens to his baseball career when he graduates.
“This is me riding off into the sunset,” he said.