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Kyle Serman, shown here pitching for the Legion team last season, was one of the Kids’ leaders on the mound this year for the varsity squad. Kyle Serman, shown here pitching for the Legion team last season, was one of the Kids’ leaders on the mound this year for the varsity squad.

Serman helped to pace Kids this season

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Kyle Serman already had seen the scenario.

The senior right-hander has been part of the Northampton pitching staff the past few seasons, and he has faced the struggles against teams in their Skyline Division as well as the other teams in the East Penn Conference.

But this time around Serman realized the outcomes would be different. For Serman, his level of success has heightened in accordance with his team this season.

Through seven starts, Serman had a 5-1 record with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP, helping to lead the Kids to an EPC and District 11 playoff berth. He finished 5-3 with a 3.02 ERA.

He credits the overall success to a true team concept this spring.

“Last year, the seniors were worried more about individual stats than the team,” said Serman. “This year, we [all worked] together for one goal as a team. We really all get along well.

“The players who came up from varsity blended well with the upperclassmen, and that didn’t happen last year. We all have a lot of potential to do what we can do and we’re getting it done.”

Head coach Mick Sugra has watched Serman develop into an anchor on the staff.

“He’s a great kid,” said Sugra about Serman. “He [got] the job done. He has beaten Whitehall twice and Emmaus once. In the other game against Emmaus, he went 4 2/3 innings with a no decision.

“He really [threw] well.”

Serman emphasized gaining better command and control as two main reasons for his continued success, which he now hopes to carry over for the Northampton Legion team. He also acknowledged the help from assistant coach Jeff Hirschman.

“In the offseason, I wanted to work on the location of my pitches,” said Serman. “I struggled at the beginning of the year and I was leaving the ball out in front too much. I wasn’t pitching as well as I could and I was giving up too many 0-2 hits.

“But I managed to work ahead of the batter and it’s been a big difference. I also was struggling with my pitch count at the start, but that also changed. I [was] able to work deeper into games.”

Next season, Serman plans to continue his career at Moravian College.