Edwards starts year hot
Over the past few weeks, Zac Edwards has been putting his season and his career in proper perspective.
The former Catasauqua High standout, and current Lebanon Valley sophomore second baseman, is confident his season can return to its true form. He battled through an offseason surgery for a torn left shoulder labrum that kept him busy with rehab assessment during the summer and fall.
Through his first 17 games, Edwards is the Flying Dutchmen's leading hitter with a .339 average with a team-high 20 hits and third in runs scored with 11. Hitting in the number two hole throughout most of the season, Edwards has been hitting above .300 since late March. Edwards rose back above that mark after he had a fast and productive start for his season.
Through their first 18 games, his team had an overall 8-10 record.
"For a while, it was tough to get going," noted Edwards, who started at second in 24 of his 28 game appearances last season and hit. 329. "But now I feel ready to go, and I feel like I am back to normal.
"My shoulder surgery really hasn't affected anything with my hitting and my throwing. It was really above my glove hand for throwing. I feel like I am really seeing the ball better at this time, and I feel like my timing is where it should be. I'm hitting the ball hard and right at people, even though some of them are outs."
Manager Keith Evans sees his second baseman rounding back into his steady presence.
"Zac is a battler and he has been hitting the ball well," said Evans. "We expect him to have a strong finish to his season. He has really made a smooth transition here in a short time."
Edwards noted that he plans to participate in the Beach Collegiate Baseball League based in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and along the Carolina coast. The league runs from June 2 through July 12 and features some of the finest baseball talent along the East Coast.
After he returns from there, Edwards will join the Northampton Giants of the Blue Mountain League.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity to play down south," stated Edwards. "We're playing in some of the minor league parks down there, and it will also give me a chance to see some things down there.
"I know the competition will be tough, but it will help me become a better player."
With the latter part of his season at Lebanon Valley ahead, Edwards is optimistic he and his club can weather any storms.
"I feel good now and I know I can finish strong," he said. "We have the potential here to have a good finish and we have to be consistent. If I continue to play like I can and stay focused mentally, it will be a good season."