Williams filled many roles on the Timber Rattlers pitching staff during the 2012
season. He was involved in many
great moments during the year, too.
In the final edition of The Interrogation Room of this year, Mark answers questions about his season, his highlights, and how he is preparing for 2013. Plus, see his story about the Western Division Finals clinching win against Clinton.
The Interrogation Room: How did you think that your 2012 season went?
Mark Williams: I thought the season as a whole went very well. There were some ups and downs especially right after the All-Star break. But I was very happy with how it started and how it finished. There were a lot of things that I learned from and had to adjust on the run. But it was a very good first full season.
went from the rotation to relieving in tandem with Chad Thompson to the rotation
to the bullpen and back into the rotation during the year? How did you
stay focused on doing your job?
have talked about it before, but your combined no-hitter with Thompson in
Clinton on May 4 is a pretty big highlight. Would you take us through that
last inning and what you were thinking as you got the strikeout to end the game?
MW: I thought the inning went really easy for me because of the 8th inning where I really struggled and battled a full count almost every batter that inning. I felt really confident going into the 9th. I was excited to get the inning over with and enjoy the accomplishment with my team. That last batter felt like it took forever though. It felt like it took a minute for every pitch to get to the plate. But the feeling after the strike out was amazing and I knew that Thompson, the team, and myself had accomplished something that doesn't happen often.
in the season, you had a complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts in the second
game of a doubleheader against Cedar Rapids. What was clicking for you on
that day to put you in the groove?
MW: Well for one it was my first start back from the bullpen and I was really trying to go as far as I could to relax our bullpen. I knew going into the game that Cedar Rapids had trouble timing my change up so that was [Rafael] Neda and my game plan. My fastball had good movement and the change up had great sink on it. Establishing that change up early really got me in the groove and I just took off from there.
start in the playoffs was in Game Two of the Western Division Finals against
Clinton. The LumberKings scored two runs in the first inning, but the
offense came back to score two runs in the bottom of the first inning on a home
run by Nick Ramirez to tie the game. How big was that swing of the bat for
the team and for you?
went eight innings in that game against Clinton. Was there any discussion
about sending you back out there for the ninth inning to close out the series?
were in the stands during Game Four at Fort Wayne. One thing that I
noticed during the season is that you were one of the quickest guys to get to
the celebration after walkoff wins. You also got out of the stands pretty
fast after the final out of the Championship Series. How can you explain
Milwaukee Brewers selected pitcher Austin Blaski, your teammate at Marietta
College, in the 21st round of the 2012 draft. What kind of
pitcher will fans in Northeastern Wisconsin see in him if he is a Timber Rattler
Q: He has been
to the Fox Cities before as a back-to-back NCAA Division III College World
Series Champion, but have you given him a scouting report on life in the area
during the pro baseball season?
MW: I basically told him that the people love their Rattlers in Wisconsin, but told him it was a beautiful area and I really liked being in Wisconsin this year. It's a great off the field environment with a lot to do.
Q: Has there been a particular part of your game that you have been working on since the season ended?
First thing is that I've lost 15 lbs since the season had ended and
I've really worked on getting my core stronger. The core may have been the
weakest thing for me last year and I really want that to be a strong point for
me this year.
How are you spending the holiday season?
really exciting... I work 40 hours a week at MPI in Wisconsin, work out 5 days a
week, and spend my weekends in Northern Wisconsin. I've really enjoyed being
able to live Wisconsin and work. It's been a great experience, but I'm ready
for the 2013 season to begin.
Thanks for stepping into The Interrogation Room, Mark. And congratulations on living in the greatest state in the Union this off season! We name you an Honorary Cheesehead!
Thank you all for reading this feature. We will return after the holidays. There are some great interviews lined up with more with members of the 2012 Midwest League Champion Timber Rattlers.
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