Blaylock has dedicated himself to building his body up since last season and has seen a dramatic improvement.
"I've gotten away from doing protein," he said. "Now, I do a lot of working out and eat a whole lot and use that to gain weight. It's good weight, not fat but muscle. Austin, Keegan and I have all worked out together all fall and all winter with the same trainer. And he helped beef us up a little bit."
He's seen the additional weight and strength transfer to his hitting this season.
"I have improved my power," said Blaylock. "I know I have the same number of home runs as last season (2) but I have played about 20 less games this season (38 to 23)."
He explained why he has played less games this year.
"I tore my hamstring in November, then hurt it again at the beginning of the season," said Blaylock. "I came back in late March, early April, got that built up and got stronger in my legs."
It took awhile for him to get back to 100%. Now, he is playing his best ball. In fact, his last seven games have been his best all season long, hitting-wise. He has batted .476 during those game (10-for-21) with 9 RBI.
He saved one of his best games for the first game of the 6A state championship series against Oak Grove, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and a double. He helped his team come back from a 4-1 deficit to winning 6-4.
"We are relentless and have a bunch of guys who all want to do nothing but win," said Blaylock. "And everybody is willing to do their part."
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