Effective 2-Strike Hitting (Ancaster Baseball)

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Written by Sam Piraro 

Here are some ideas in dealing with the two-strike situation:

I. MENTAL OUTLOOK 

    A. Confidence, you want to beat the pitcher
    B. Think contact, contact, contact!
    C. Focus 
       

II. PHYSICAL ADJUSTMENTS 

    A. Choke up on the bat slightly. Bat control is important. 
    B. Move slightly closer to the plate. Take away the outside strike. 
    C. Spread out slightly to insure balance. 
    D. Slightly crouch to shorten the strike zone. This adjustment helps in identifying and laying         off the high pitch. 

III. MENTAL ADJUSTMENTS 

    Make it clear to the team that taking a third-called strike is unacceptable. There is no doubt that sometimes a hitter is fooled by a great pitch, and he cannot pull the trigger. However, this situation requires a feisty, competitive mode. 
    A. Look fastball and adjust. 
    B. Look to go up the middle and opposite field. Protect outside to in. 
    C. Foul off any borderline strikes. 
    D. Fight off or block off inside strikes. 

IV. ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE 

    Putting the ball in play has so many possibilities. Keep the strikeouts down to find a correlation with run production. The difference between ten strikeouts and six strikeouts in a contest is huge! The difference with those four contacts can result in any of the following:
    A. Advanced runners. 
    B. Forced errors. 
    C. Bloop hits. 
    D. Bad hops/lost in the sun. 
    E. Frustrated pitcher. 

V. CONCLUSION 

     *Effective two-strike hitting can be enhanced in practice settings. 
     *Establish count settings in the cages or in front toss drills. 
     *Also include this package in a batting practice scenario live on the field. 
     *Players must understand the concepts and see the fruits of their labor. 

 As a coach, be very positive and complimentary when players compete in two-strike situations.
  

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Printed from ancasterbaseball.ca on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 8:56 AM