April 18, 2018 10:40 PM
(ABC 6 News) – The Kasson-Mantorville KoMet softball team were lucky enough to get a game in last week—and their top smasher, Meredith Wright, opened the 2018 spring season with a bang.
“I don’t think the stage is ever too big for (Meredith),” KoMets head coach Paul Mann said. “She kind of goes at it. She goes up to the plate with a plan. She’s more of quiet leader for our team, she leads by example.”
Wright, junior first baseman for the KoMets softball team, has a knack for hitting the long-ball—and she’s known as a power hitter.
“You always want to swing, but not be too anxious,” Wright said about her approach in the batter’s box. “You want to be picky about it and make the best contact that you can.”
“She has so much (power) that sometimes, we have to try to hold her back so she can focus on the fundamentals,” Mann added. “I think we try to preach to her that 'you're naturally strong, you have a great swing,’ just do the little things right and the ball is going to carry.”
In last Thursday’s season opener against the Triton Cobras, Wright hit two home runs, leading the KoMets to a 10-0 win.
“I was just trying to go up calm and relax because I was so anxious to be playing outside,” Wright said. “I just tried to go up calm and see what I hit. I was just trying to make contact and I just hit good on the barrel and it just went over. It was kind of a feel-good shot.”
“As soon as (the balls) came off the bat, you knew that it was going over the fence and it might clear the road,” Mann recalled. “The second one cleared the road.”
Mann added that before his team’s season opener, he could sense that Wright was in position for a big day.
“She was locked in,” Mann said. “I could tell the day before at practice. Just the way she was hitting in the cage and the way she was hitting off the tee, she seemed really focused and seemed like she got her stride back.”
Wright is powerful, but she’s calm—possibly because of her experience, as she’s been starting for the KoMets’ varsity team since her freshman season.
“It’s a game of failure,” Wright said. “You have to come up and think that you’re going to fail and you just have to overcome that.”
Wright and the KoMets will, fortunately, have an opportunity to play another softball game on Friday—they’re scheduled to play Osseo at the Maple Grove sports dome on Friday.
Updated: April 18, 2018 10:40 PM
Created: April 18, 2018 07:23 PM
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