Battest ends baseball season hitting well
By Jarann Johnson
Hit the baseball. It sounds simple and easy, but very few can do it more than 30 percent of the time.
Players who can hit the ball more than 40-50 percent of the time are considered statistical anomalies. Alec Battest is one of those statistical anomalies.
Battest is on the path to accomplish his dream of playing college baseball, and a large part of that is because of his hitting ability. Battest had a great high school and Legion baseball season.
When combining both seasons (67 games) Battest hit .484 with 44 RBIs and 21 extra base hits.
Battest is a strong player, but this year he upped himself into the elite category. One of Battest’s most impressive stats is his spring strikeout percentage.
Battest only struck out once in 89 at-bats during the high school season, which calculates to a 1.12 strikeout percent average. During the American Legion season Battest struck out 12 times in 109 at-bats, which put his 67-game strikeout percent at 6.06 percent of his total at-bats.
Battest credited his improvement with focusing on his swing year-round and making sure to constantly evaluate and prune his form.
“It was mostly just working on my swing in the off-season, taking 20-25 cuts every day. It doesn’t have to be in the cage. You can just take dry cuts and I’d say that’s where I got the most help – just self-evaluation on my own swing and seeing what I was doing wrong and trying to work on it myself,” Battest said.