Each day during the Dixie Boys World Series, a Beaufort player will share his experiences with The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet. We grabbed outfielder Shuler Black after he broke out of a mini-slump with a three-run home run.
Today, we knew we had to relax, take it easy before the game, no plans before batting practice before the game. We came to watch some of the early games just to see the competiton. We probably got here about 4:30 or 5 p.m., watched the games, then took BP.
I've actually been in and out of a slump the last couple weeks. Coach Art (Smith) told me a good way to get out of a slump is to bunt. And I knew there was a man on first and second. It was a perfect time to bunt, there were no outs. I laid it down to try to beat that out and sure enough, next at-bat, I got a pitch I liked and got ahold of it.
I usually hit second. I knew I hadn't been getting many good pitches lately. He knew if he moved me down a couple slots in the lineup, I might get a good pitch to hit.
I was looking first pitch the whole time. We had a good lead, so I was looking to be aggressive. Right when I saw that pitch, I just ...
We know Surfside's a great team, we played them twice last year. They've got great pitching, great defense and they can hit the ball.
We've got to play tomorrow like we did tonight. We didn't have many errors. They might have gotten one hit. I think they got one to center field.
Just smart base-running and keep putting the bat on it. Home runs aren't as important as getting on base. That's what the coaches told me.
Tomorrow, we'll just probably do the same thing, try to drink lots of fluids and take it easy before the game. I might be pitching, so I'm just trying to rest up and take it easy.