Page brings a mix of discipline, destruction to batter’s box
But that doesn’t mean swinging for the fences.
Page is a power hitter with patience and a master at reaching base.
The sophomore designated hitter has reached base 11 times in her last 13 plate appearances and ranks No. 2 in Conference USA with a .537 on-base percentage.
“It does take extreme patience to sit back and wait, but if I don’t see my pitch I’m not swinging unless I have two strikes,” she told me.
Page, of East High fame, leads LaTech with a .391 batting average and ranks third in the NCAA D1 conference with 24 walks.
“Although I am a power hitter, I’m also a team player. I trust my hands and that they’ll get the job done but I have just as much faith in my teammate behind me to hit me in,” she said.
“A walk is just as a good as a base hit. You rip a shot up the middle and it goes down as a single, and if you walk you’re in the same place. Only difference is one rattles the pitcher a little more than the other.”
The 6-foot-1 slugger brings a mix of discipline and destruction to the batter’s box.
She leads the team with a .696 slugging percentage and 33 RBIs in 34 games.
“I don’t look to smash the ball over the fence. I look to drive whoever is on base in,” Page said. “I’ve probably been intentionally walked like three times, but in many different occasions I have been pitched around. They don’t look to walk me, but they’d rather give up a walk than a hit to someone with power like me.”
Twelve of her 27 hits have gone for extra bases – 4 home runs, 1 triple, 7 doubles.
“My dad always told me to never be afraid to swing the bat,” she said. “I know that if I fail that I’ll be OK the next at-bat and be able to get the job done.”