by Len Mumma
(Bainbridge Pa. United States)
My daughter is a lefty slapper with above average speed. She has progressed to where she has had success the past 2 years. She made a new travel team last fall and the coach had her hit away all fall he said he wants her to learn to hit away harder. One slap instructor told me that a slapper's hit away is her hard slap. This coach has her drag bunting or hitting away starting our summer tournaments. Kirsten asked the coach again if she can slap hit and he said no I want you to learn to hit away harder. This has confused Kirsten and is throwing her off at the plate. She had more extra base hits in 10th grade with more RBI's and less strikeouts than in 9th. Since we go to showcase tournaments is it wrong for me to ask the coach to let her slap and see what she can do, Hitting away is not working and Kirsten is getting frustrated! What do I do and how should I handle this?
This summer is a spring board into her junior year. On her profile it says lefty slapper and now coaches will come to games and wonder what is up?
Home to first she is 2.9 and home to home 12 seconds.
Please advise. I don't want to waste another tournament.