Going … Going … Gone – Thompson’s Schofield sits on home run lead as season comes to close

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Thompson’s Robert Schofield swings a big bat, usually a 34-inch Rawlings that weighs 31 ounces.

That bat has meant big trouble for opposing pitchers this season.

Schofield, a sophomore who plays first base and designated hitter for the Warriors, leads the county in home runs with the regular season ending last Monday for most AHSAA-member teams. AISA teams still have a couple of weeks remaining in regular season play.

Schofield blasted his ninth home run of the year Monday night in Thompson’s regular-season finale against Hillcrest.

The 6-foot, 280-pounder has had little trouble clearing the fences at Thompson’s baseball field, which were lengthened several years ago.

At 320 feet down the baselines, 360 in the power alleys and 395 in center field, Schofield has managed five of his home runs this season during Thompson home games.

His other shots have been equally impressive, like the one he hit out at dead-center field on the road against Oak Mountain.

&uot;At Hoover he hit one up in the pine trees that probably went out by about 40 yards,&uot; said Thompson head coach Pat Hamrick.

A big, bruising left-hander, Schofield has often been likened to Babe Ruth by coaches and fans, a comparison he seems to take with great respect for the baseball legend.

&uot;That’s a great compliment to know people think about you like that,&uot; he said.

When Schofield hits a home run, there’s usually little doubt the ball is going to clear the fence.

&uot;They just feel sweet off the bat,&uot; he said. &uot;You can tell when you hit it that it’s going to go out.&uot;

Not just a power hitter, he also carries a .354 batting average and 38 RBIs.

&uot;He’s been able to use the whole field,&uot; Hamrick said. &uot;He’s always hit a lot of doubles as well. I would consider him a guy who swings the bat with authority.&uot;

Schofield said his swing packs the most power when he isn’t swinging for the fence.

&uot;I just try to make contact,&uot; he said. &uot;When I make contact, I’ll hit the ball hard.