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Strong in the sixth spot

Rolette's Casavant has been a dangerous hitter near the bottom of the Legion lineup

July 14, 2009
Matt Mullally

Rolette's Josh Casavant is arguably the most dangerous No. 6 hitter in Section 5 - and perhaps the most overlooked.

"I think pitchers forget about him down there (in that spot), and don't view him as a threat, and then he'll smack a fastball by them,' said Rolette coach Tory Danielson. "He's really one of the keys to how successful our team can be at the plate. He's a good fastball hitter

and I have a lot of confidence in Josh to come up with a big hit.

And he's had plenty of them.

Casavant is batting over .500 this season and credits good mechanics at the plate for his success.

"I try and keep my head on the ball and lean back in my stance and try and make good contact,' Casavant said.

Josh is not the type of hitter who will get three or four hits in a game and then go 0 for 4 the next, says Danielson. In fact Casavant can't recall a game where he didn't get at least one hit.

He's not blessed with great speed, but if he did, he probably would be hitting in the No. 2 spot in the Muskrat lineup based on his ability to make good contact and bunt.

"He's our best bunter on the team,' Danielson said. "I thought about moving up, but I like how our lineup is arranged and don't want to toy with it now."

And that's just fine with Josh who has thrived. "I think pitches don't expect to see someone who can handle the fastball near the bottom (of the order),' he said.

Casavant is often getting up with runners on base and usually driving them in. He's also one of the team leaders in runs batted in.

This is his third year in the program, but by far this is his break out season. In addition to becoming a top hitter, Josh is more comfortable in the field. "I'm getting better fielding my position (at third base),' he said.

The hot corner - as it is called - requires a strong arm and ability to get in front of sharp ground balls. Casavant admits he still has work to do to be a solid infielder, but adds he's fortunate to have a shortstop in Jaden Pfeifer next to him. "He covers a lot of ground,' Josh said.

Danielson said there is a lot of players who have contributed to the team's success so far this season, including Casavant. And his bat and glove will be needed this week at the sectional tournament.



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