While most of his peers were doing whatever they could during spring break last week, East Hall’s Drew Adams was doing what he loves, playing baseball.
And the 6-foot 185-pound shortstop played at a remarkable level.
During the Vikings’ (5-13, 4-10 Region 7-AAA) three games last week, Adams went a combined 7-for-11 with a home run, triple, double, six RBIs and five runs scored.
“I was just seeing the ball real good and felt good at the plate,” Adams said of his offensive performance last week. “That and being able to sleep past 10 a.m. helped too.”
While sleeping in may have helped him last week, Adams’ ability has been on the radar of the East Hall coaching staff since he was in the eighth grade.
“We knew that he was going to be a good player,” East Hall coach John Hardison said. “I’ve been telling everybody in the community that they need to come out and watch him play because this year and the next two years he’s going to light it up.”
In just his second year on the varsity level, Adams is already ‘lighting it up.’ For the season, he’s batting .375 and delivering in the clutch for the Vikings, including driving in the game-winning run against Pickens last week.
The win against Pickens was just the Vikings’ fifth win of the year, and despite being on a team that is struggling, Adams has no problems staying focused.
“If you love the game, you can come out and play every night,” he said.
Not only did Adams have a good week offensively for the Vikings, but he also went through the week without committing an error.
Although his coach believes that Adams still has work to do defensively, the fact that he is shining at a position as demanding as shortstop is no surprise.“There’s a lot of pressure at shortstop and he’s holding up and doing well,” Hardison said. “He’s tough as nails and an absolute fighter.”
Although his coach believes there is pressure on him, Adams feels none.
“I think when you’re this young, you don’t have much expected of you,” Adams said. “But if you put forth everything you got, you get a lot out of it.”
It is because of that mentality, that Hardison believes his young shortstop has a bright future ahead of him.“With his mental makeup and his size, I really feel that he’ll excel at the next level,” Hardison said.