Renegades catcher breaks game open in the third inning with three-run home run en route to 7-1 win in Monday’s Connie Mack WS first-round game. Farmington Daily Times
FARMINGTON — Logan Gallina is on a power surge from within the batter's box, fearless and determined to blast one over the wall.
The Southern California Renegades catcher has done it twice now over a four-day period at the Connie Mack World Series, hitting two separate three-run home runs Monday and Thursday, respectively.
“It’s a big energy jolt. It really gets you fired up when you’re running around the bases, for sure,” Gallina said. “Rhythm and timing’s the big thing… just letting my instincts work, not being afraid to swing and miss.”
Gallina keeps attacking pitches whenever they fall straight down the middle of the zone, ready to crush one out.
His first three-run bomb Monday against the Florida Legends broke that game open, while his second three-run shot against the Nashville Knights helped SoCal regain a lead for good.
“He’s probably the best player in the tournament so far,” coach Si Pettrow said. “He’s got a big swing. Even his outs are loud, which is great for us… Sooner or later, (opponents) miss a pitch and he hits that one. When he comes up, he’s very dangerous.”
A tough out for opposing pitchers, Gallina said his swing has an uppercut-type motion, which in turn creates more hang time and distance after making contact.
“I try to hit the ball hard. But with the way my swing is, I hit the ball in the air the majority of the time,” Gallina said.
And now that SoCal’s already secured a spot in Saturday’s CMWS championship series, Gallina is ready to keep doing damage when called upon.
“It’s an amazing feeling just to be able to pick up your team like that. It’s awesome in a situation like that,” Gallina said. “Whenever you get hot, you’re more confident. I’m very pleased with what I’ve been doing.”
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