This past weekend I had my first tournament of the 2016 travel ball season with my team Purpose Driven baseball. We played at UNCP and Methodist. As a team, we had a rough weekend going 0-3. I didn’t do so great, going 1 for 6 with 2 walks.
I made solid contact twice, but both times it went right to someone. Also, I hit about a 305 foot pop-fly, the farthest I’ve hit a ball to this day. Ironically, my lone hit of the weekend probably went about 8 feet. Hey, I’ll take it, a hit’s a hit.
Overall, I was very happy to be back on the ball field. I had about a month break in between school and travel ball and I was more than ready to begin playing once again.
Things Done Well
- Outfield Play: I didn’t have too many balls hit to me in left and right field, but when they were hit to me I was able to make a solid play and get the throw in accurately and quickly.
- Aggressive approach: I was hunting fastballs early in the count, looking for a pitch I could drive. I also had a good two strike approach.
Things to Improve On
- Movement during swing: My hands were moving too much, causing me get underneath the ball and pop up. The less movement I have in my swing the better off I will be. The more direct and short I am to the ball the better results I will get.
- Bunting: There was no outs with a runner on 1st and 2nd, and I didn’t get the bunt down. I pulled back on two strikes and then struck out looking. Definitely a very bad at-bat. It’s simple. I need to bunt strikes and not balls, putting the ball down the line away from the pitcher.
I am looking forward to working on these things and improving every time I step on the ball field.