MONTEBELLO - 5/2/11 - Sometimes all it takes is a simple adjustment. And that's what Schurr High third baseman Matthew Mayo has done.
The junior at the hot corner has been crushing the ball this season all because he changed his batting stance ever so slightly.
"I'm seeing the ball better, adjusting my swing," Mayo said. "I've put my left elbow forward and everything came naturally from there. I tried it (not long ago) and it's all been uphill from there."
As of a few days ago, Mayo had a batting average of .421 in just 38 at-bats with a league-leading nine doubles, two triples, one home run and 10 RBIs while playing third base and batting in the third spot.
He also pitches and had been 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA.
"Pitching, I just go out there and do my best," Mayo said. "I do it because the team needs it. But I'd rather hit."
He said he also loves his defensive position.
"It's the most action," he said. "The best action is right there."
So, why did this elbow trick work?
"I'm having less movement when I hit when I'm in my (new) stance," Mayo said. "I just kind of figured it out myself, but coach (Carlos) Vargas kept on telling me, ‘Go short and compact.' Ever since I've been doing that it's been coming together."
Mayo has another year at Schurr and then will be going to college "anywhere that will take me" so he can play baseball there.
"But right now it's just baseball and school," said Mayo, who also plays travel ball in the summer with the Montebello Stars.
Schurr coach Ken Marrero had words of praise for his third baseman.
"He's doing everything for us," Marrero said about Mayo. "He's in a groove right now. He's been with us since he was a freshman. He's very good with the bat."
Mayo returned the favor on Marrero.
"Marrero's been good," Mayo said. "He's taught me about pitching as a pitcher and has taught a lot of life lessons."
And as far as his baseball goals for the future?
"I want to become clutch and get those hits with runners in scoring position," Mayo said.
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