One of the hottest bats in the Imperial Valley throughout this baseball season has been in the hands of Imperial High School's D.J. Hastings.
Hastings is atop the Valley's leader board in home runs with five and is leading his team with 16 RBIs.
Hastings continued his power surge last week as he led Imperial to a 9-6 win over Midway Baptist finishing with two hits, four RBIs, two runs and one monstrous grand slam. He pitched 3 2/3 innings to pick up the win.
With the Tigers leading 2-0, Hastings came to the plate with no outs and the bases loaded, then connected.
"In that situation I knew I had to get some runs in. I was just trying to get a base hit — hit it in the gap — and get something going," said the 17-year-old junior. "When I hit it, I didn't think I got it all, but then I heard everyone on the bench cheering and I knew I got it."