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Catawba first to install high-tech ball tracking software

New technology at Newman Park

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An example of the data that Yakkertech equipment, set up in Newman Park on the campus of Catawba College, an advanced imaging technology, can provide from each pitched baseball during live games.
May 18, 2018.

Staff report

SALISBURY — Catawba College has announced that a high-tech ball tracking software has been installed at Newman Park, the school’s baseball park.

With this installation, Catawba has become the first college baseball team to
utilize an in-game ball tracking system using imaging technology. The system will provide the coaching staff with immediate and highly accurate data with each baseball pitched during live games.
The tracking system was recently installed by Yakkertech, a sports performance imaging technology firm, based in Michigan. The advanced imaging technology enables coaches to capture data on a single pitched baseball or softball.

Because the movement of the seams on the ball are clearly detected, the software can quickly determine the exact movement of the ball and the corresponding spin axis.
“We recently deployed the portable Yakkertech device with our team with great success this season and are excited now that we will also have the same data collected during the game,” said Jim Gantt, head coach for Catawba and the American Legion baseball team, which uses the facility during the summer months.

Catawba will now be able to easily compare highly accurate statistics collected in bullpen sessions with the pitching data collected during the game – a valuable tool for enhancing pitcher development.

Catawba has enjoyed another stellar season under Gantt. Currently, the Indians are involved in the NCAA Southeast Regional at Newberry, S.C. Catawba hopes to win the regional and return the Division II World Series in Cary.

The Indians earned trips to the World Series in 2012 and in 2015, when they finished runner-up to national champion Tampa.

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