EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Better late than never. Eau Claire Express second basemen Scott Ogrin missed the first three weeks of the Northwoods League season due to his academic schedule at Cal Poly, but he has shown no rust since his return to the lineup last Tuesday.
“I changed my swing. Changed where my hand placement is and also confidence wise – keeping it simple," said second-year Express player Scott Ogrin. "Not thinking too much at the plate and hitting it where the pitch is. I mean it’s definitely been going pretty good for me so far.”
“There’s a lot of maturity that’s happened in one year. A lot of hard work it looks like, so he’s laying off the curveball in the dirt," added Express manager Dale Varsho. "He didn’t do that last year, so maturity has taken a really good step towards his future and towards the way he’s swinging the bat right now.”
In the week that Ogrin has been back in Eau Claire, the Express have doubled their win total after getting off to a rocky 6-14 start. The Valencia, California native has been wreaking havoc at the plate in his second Northwoods League season smacking more home runs in his first week with the Express than he did this past season with Cal Poly.
“Scott is a strong kid - just really simple at the plate," said Varsho. "The ball jumps off his bat. He’s got some juice behind the bat and it’s fun to watch right now.”
“Mentally I really just haven’t been thinking too much at the plate. Just really being on time for the fastball and adjusting to the off speed." explained Ogrin. "Also, using the big part of the field. Thinking middle away and then it goes on from there.”
Scott Ogrin’s four dingers in his first six games back aren’t just a great indication of the improvement he has made in his second season, but a sign that the Express bats are heating up at the right time as they get ready to make a playoff run entering the back half of the regular season.