UW catcher Johnny Tincher is the Huskies’ hottest hitter. But it didn’t happen by accident.

The Washington Husky baseball team was coming off three straight defeats in a major opening Pac-12 series against Washington State last weekend.

There are a lot of games in the baseball season, but it seemed important that the Huskies turn things around quickly.

Huskies did so in a big way, thanks in part to redshirt sophomore catcher Johnny Tincher.

Washington rotated a three-game set against the Cougars to improve the Pac-12 12-8 and 4-2 in a three-game series this weekend at Arizona State.

Tincher scored 7 for 13 against WSU with a homer and four runs as Washington registered a 3-2, 8-2 and 14-3 win.

Tincher improved his batting average to .380 (among players with more than two batting averages) 65 percentage points better than team-leader Kobe Morales, who is second with .315. Tincture is second in the team in homers (three) and first in batting.

The Huskies have more reason to cheer than they did more than a week ago after a 5-4 non-conference loss at home to Portland. came after two defeats to end his opening Pac-12 series against Utah.

Tincher said the players met after losing to Portland.

“We told ourselves we were going to do everything we could to be tough,” he said. “Everyone is going to contribute, and honestly, we just talked about a great team. We’re going to hold each other accountable. We’re not going to win every match, but we’re going to compete and We will be the toughest team for any team we play with.”

The Huskies, led by Tincher, made it tough for WSU.

He said, ‘There is confidence and I will go into every match with the same confidence.

It would have been hard to predict Tincture’s aggressive outburst in the coming year. He entered the season with four hits in 35 at-bats while playing sparingly in his first two years at UW.

Tincture’s swift offensive debut has also surprised Andy Jenkins, an assistant coach who works with the team’s catchers. Jenkins was pushing to handle the defense and pitching staff with tincture.

“One of the important things on winning teams and a good, solid pitching staff is to hold on to quality,” Jenkins said. “Someone who can really get first, throw and block, and work with pitchers and pitching coaches. My hope was to turn him off to be the best defensive catcher and leader he could be. be given.

“He believed in himself as a hitter and he’s a tough kid. He looked at me and said, ‘I can hit too.’ It wasn’t that I didn’t think he could hit. I just wanted him to crawl before he could walk. He’s done an excellent job.”

Tincher said he told Washington head coach Lindsey Meigs at his exit meeting last year that he would do whatever it took to become a team leader and starting catcher.

“I worked very hard over the summer and I told myself I was going to come back next year and compete, because I love competing,” said Tincher from Sylmar, California. “I’m going to do everything I can to be that man.”

At 5ft 8 and 185 pounds, the tincture relishes the arduous task of being a catcher.

“I like to chest foul balls; It’s fun,” he said. “I love pain. I’ve always been a catcher and I’ll never like it.

Jenkins said the tincture provides what pitchers and coaches want in a position, from receiving to throwing.

“He’s a small, compact catcher who has really soft hands and can work for some strikes in the zone for our guy,” Jenkins said. “He doesn’t have a blazing gun but he’s very accurate. One of the things he does – as good as I’ve coached – is to block baseballs. Not just breaking balls and making changes that we need to bounce. Trying, it’s a rather sharp fastball, which is sometimes tough, the velocity with which our men throw.”

Tincture said: “I’m not 6 foot, but I’m going to play like 6 foot.”

Jenkins said the tincture is very gentle and she responded quickly to advice.

“He was very strict in his batting stance,” Jenkins said. “I tried to free her up and give her some rhythm — from the bottom of the toes to the top of the head. We call it dancing with the pitcher, giving myself some real fluid pre-pitch motions that get her going on the ball.” But let’s be a little more athletic. I think if you look at his video of his batting stance and rhythm from the beginning of autumn (so far), it’s night and day.

Tincture said: “Stay loose, be confident and watch the ball well. Trust your eyes. Be loose with my hands, according to the rhythm. (Jenkins) is about the rhythm and I am about the rhythm. And I think I have a really good rhythm looking at the ball and playing it.”

The Huskies will try to maintain their momentum against the Sun Devils. Tincher said that he likes what he sees from his team, and enjoys being a big part of it.

“This team is by far the best I’ve played for,” he said. “We have the best people offensively, the best people defensively and the best pitching staff, and I think we have the best coaches too. We are a young team and together we can learn and grow to be the best team.

“I love it. I love coming out to practice every day. The energy here is the best I’ve ever experienced. We are family. We are brothers.”

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