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In First Year as Head Coach, Dinsmore Stresses Family Atmosphere for State High Baseball

by on April 05, 2019 12:44 PM

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There's more to a successful team than just winning games. That's the message new State College baseball coach Jeremy Dinsmore has been preaching during his first season in charge.

"Family's a big thing for us, and I think if we keep building on what we have been doing so far and keep limiting the mistakes, having fun while we're doing it, we'll be where we need to be," Dinsmore said. 

Dinsmore has been with the State High baseball program for three years and his lifelong dream of becoming a head coach came true this season.

"It's kind of cool seeing my dreams could come true and that's what I push for in my players, that if you have a dream you have to push yourself to go get it, because good things can happen," he said.

Part of the reason for Dinsmore's passion for the game is that growing up his baseball coach was a key role model in his life. Dinsmore's players say they now feel the same way about him.

"He's got a way of being a father figure but also being another brother. We can go talk to him, whether it's about baseball or just about life. He's a teacher here, so he gets us," said senior Tyson Cooper. 

The Little Lions are off to a 2-2 start this year. After a season-opening 8-2 loss at home to Red Land on March 26, State College rebounded the next day with a 7-4 win at Chambersburg. Noah Aungst pitched six and one third innings in the win, giving up one run on five hits and striking out nine, while Jake Hilliard, who was 2-for 3 with a triple in the opener, again went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.

On Tuesday, State College fell 9-1 at home to Cumberland Valley before blasting Carlisle 12-1 on Thursday. Aungst again tossed six innings of one-run ball, with five strikeouts in the victory. Taking a 5-1 lead after five, the Little Lions exploded for seven runs in the sixth to put it away. A.J. Arnold went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI, while Jake Cooper was 2-for-3 with a double, driving in two. Jack Hurley was 2-4 and Kevin Kurzinger 3-for-4, both with an RBI. David Shoemaker went 1-for-3, driving in three.

Dinsmore, a physical education and exercise science teacher at State High, says he also wants his players to be positive influences in the community.

"We have programs in our school, whether it's the Best Buddies Walk or other programs, designated time to help and read at elementary schools, and we have players that have gone to each thing so far this year," he said.

Coaching a team on and off the field is its own full-time job, but his wife and young daughter assure Dinsmore he has their full support the minute he walks through the door at home.

"My family has been extremely supportive. My wife and my daughter are constantly writing me notes when I get home. 'Way to go, coach.'"

Being a family and believing in themselves — that's what Dinsmore hopes will lead his team to a successful season.

The Little Lions host Hazleton at 11 a.m. on Saturday, then travel to Cedar Cliff for a 4:30 p.m. first pitch on Monday.

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