AMSTERDAM?- Playing baseball at Amsterdam's Shuttleworth Park or Veteran's Memorial Park in Little Falls is nothing new to Jabin Weaver. He did it several times in summer league and high school.
However, this summer he was a visitor at the parks he normally was at home in.
Weaver has spent the summer playing in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League as a member of the pitching staff for the Boonville-based Adirondack Trail Blazers.
Adirondack Trail Blazers pitcher Jabin Weaver, a Fort Plain graduate, delivers a pitch to the plate during the second game of Monday’s doubleheader against the Amsterdam Mohawks at Shuttleworth Park. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
But coming home to Shuttleworth and Veteran's Field is still a good time for the Fort Plain High School graduate.
"It is great just because of the games; I have played a countless number of games on both those fields," Weaver said. "It is nice to see people I recognize in the stands when we play there."
Weaver is a sophomore at East Stroudsburg College in Pennsylvania.
He missed most of last season with a shoulder injury.
The opportunity to play for the Trail Blazers has given him a chance to work his way back into shape and develop as a pitcher.
Weaver has appeared in eight games with three starts for Adirondack, working 7.2 innings striking out nine with a 9.39 ERA.
"I had shoulder surgery and lost this past year and was only able to throw one inning," he said. "This summer I am trying to test it out, work on some stuff and clean up the mechanics so that doesn't happen again. I have thrown in some exhibitions. I threw against the Albany Athletics for 105 pitches and felt great. All-in-all, it has been a good summer."
Although there are PGCBL teams closer to home than Boonville, Weaver is grateful for the opportunity to play at a high level of baseball.
"It is the way it is and I will play for who wants me," he said. "[The Trail Blazers] have been loyal to me and treat me well, so I am loyal to them. That is something I credit to things coach [Craig] Phillips taught me."
Weaver said that the experience of playing against players from some of the top baseball schools in the country has helped him.
"It has been great," he said. "You can't beat the competition you play with and against day-in and day-out with these guys from the big schools. You can't beat that. I have seen that if things aren't going well or that I need to correct and how to fix them. That is where I have grown since before the injury, and I have matured. I know I have lost a lot of time throwing, but it has shown me what I have to do if I want to pitch in this game seriously."