"Coach [Torre Tyson] and I had a meeting a while back about relaxing and having fun," said Mitch Hilligoss. "It all seems to be coming around now."
Over the course of his hitting streak, Hilligoss's batting average has skyrocketed from .216 to .322. According to Hilligoss, he has not changed much about his swing throughout the course of his hit streak.
"I really haven't changed a lot up," he said. "I'm trying to use my legs more and grab the ball a little more."
Riverdogs' hitting coach Greg Colbrunn agreed that Hilligoss is working on using his legs more this season.
"He has been working on his lower half, using it more, and being more consistent with it," said Colbrunn.
In addition to commenting on the improvement of Hilligoss's lower body, Colbrunn also sang praises about Mitch's hands.
"Mitch has a tremendous set of hands; its something he's always had," Colbrunn continue. "He's just a naturally gifted hitter and now he's starting to use his lower half more, drive the ball more, and be more consistent."
Another aspect of hitting that comes natural to Hilligoss is his innate ability to hit to the opposite field.
"It's not always on purpose; it really depends on how they're pitching me," said the sweet-swinging lefty. "It's something I do quite a bit. I've probably done it more this year then ever, but its working so we're going to keep doing it."
"That's his natural swing," asserted Coach Colbrunn. "He works the ball, stays inside the ball, and hits the ball the other way. It's something I think he's done all his life."
According to Colbrunn, Hilligoss has the capability to pull balls down the right field line - again due to the quickness in his hands.
While both Colbrunn and Hilligoss agree that his natural swing takes the ball to the opposite field, they each acknowledged that if it's not broken, don't fix it.
Relaxed Hilligoss Continues Hit Streak
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