Saturday, July 27, 2013

Caleb Liegey - Little League Ambidextrous Pitcher

Liegey played baseball through high school

Caleb Liegey

Caleb Liegey in Little League
Born: January 29, 1995
Hometown: Centralia, Missouri

High School: Centralia High School, Class of 2013
Team: Centralia Panthers

College: Missouri University of Science & Technology

Positions: P, 3B
Bats: Right
Throws: Both, ambidextrous

Glove: Uses two separate gloves for switch pitching.
Dominant Hand: Writes with left-hand

(Moberly, MO Aug, 2008) 13yo Caleb Liegey is an ambidextrous pitcher from Moberly, Missouri. He uses two different gloves and started throwing with both arms when he was 2-years-old. His dad said that it's a gift but in reality, it's a lot of practice that makes him a switch pitcher. Watch the feature story

How he got started:

Caleb played catch in the living room when he was 2-years-old and threw the ball with whatever hand he picked it up the with - according to his dad.

Note: It is natural for young kids to use either hand. Many young kids can throw and catch with either hand. This does not mean that they will be ambidextrous. Hand dominance develops over time. 

Caleb is Cross-dominant

He eats left-handed, bats right-handed and writes left-handed.

Being cross-dominant in baseball has an advantage. When his arm hurts, he switches to the other one. If he is not throwing strikes, then he switches to the other hand to pitch. His dad said, "This is a special thing that you can do. You're gifted in this."

Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and President Harry Truman are just a few of the other ambidextrous names you will recognize.

Cross-dominance is a motor skill manifestation where a person favors one hand for some tasks and the other hand for others. For example, a cross-dominant person might write with the left hand but throw primarily with the right.

Four players on my baseball teams were naturally left-handed, but they learned to throw right-handed so they could play any position. With practice they turned out to be very good pitchers and catchers.

Watch the feature on Blumberg off the Bench TV show

Where is Caleb now?

Caleb Leigey pitched for the Centralia High School - Panthers JV baseball team. As a student, he was a member of the Centralia High School chapter of the National Honor Society.

In JV action, Centralia defeated Palmyra 2-0 behind the pitching of Caleb Liegey, Justin Eikel and Chandler Blackwell.   Liegey walked 3 but didn't allow a hit in 2 innings.

In the JV contest, Centralia pounded out 8 hits and 13 runs in 5 innings to win 13-7.  Logan Armontrout got the win for the Panthers on the mound, Caleb Liegey and Tyler Spurling both had 2 hits to lead the offense.

Caleb Liegey graduated from Centralia High School. He plans to attend college at either Missouri SLT or Truman State.

Hobies: Hunting, baseball and basketball.
Senior Class - Questions and Answers

#5 Caleb Liegey is listed on Game Changer as Bats Right / Throws Right

Caleb Liegey | Facebook


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