In softball there's not much a coach can say or do to make a player more comfortable at the plate. It's just something that happens.
Once a player feels comfortable there's no telling what that person can do.
Such is the case with Imperial Valley College's Erika Baxter. It took months of summer workouts for Baxter to start feeling a comfort level at the plate and now that she's found it, she's been one of the Arabs' biggest offensive threats.
In two IVC wins last week Baxter went 2-for-6 with four RBI, including a three-RBI performance against Mount San Jacinto College on Friday.
"That's really what's been making the difference for me this year. I just feel a lot more comfortable," said the 19-year-old sophomore from Southwest High in El Centro. "All I worked on during the summer was my hitting. At first I was kind of afraid of the ball and I knew I really needed to get back to feeling comfortable."