It’s deceptively simple for Reading’s Ben Lively to keep hitters off balance


You can’t hit what you can’t see.

While some pitchers might overpower hitters with fastballs approaching 100 mph, others may rely on a curve that drops away, freezing the hitter.

For Reading’s Ben Lively, it’s the delivery that counts when confusing batters. With arm movement that keeps the ball well hidden until nearly approaching the release point, Lively has a delivery that disrupts the hitter’s timing.

“It’s just how I throw,” Lively told earlier this year. “I’m always throwing the way I’ve always thrown it. I’m always asked what I’m doing, but that’s just how I pitch.”

Sean Loughlin

Sean Loughlin is a freelance producer based in New York City.