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    Played in her 3rd tournament this weekend..and went 5-10 (some went to right but had a good line drive up the middle - but to the left side). Had two rec games the Thurs and Fri before the tournament and was 3-4 then as well. Had a really nice line drive to left field though she doesn't feel it was that great since it was against a slower rec pitcher. It was a "double" but she chanced running to 3rd and made it.
    Hoping this helps her confidence.

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    OP here -
    DD hit a good one (thinking it would have been caught in TB but rec plays 4 in the OF so it would depend on where they were playing) in her rec EOS tournament this past weekend. This is one of the faster pitchers in our rec league who most players find really tough to hit off. A lot of our hits were off bunts since their 3b wasn't playing close - DD actually went 3-3 (2 were bunts and one was this hit) [Warning - if you have sound on - lots of screaming - this was on 2 outs so I was super happy she got a hit)
    https://youtu.be/3jMVGQ524Dw

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    Quote Originally Posted by nixxy311 View Post
    So DD is taking hitting lessons and she does great in lessons. She can swing fast and her bat speed is way above average for her age. She can hit in the cages, she can hit off a pitching machine.
    When she faces actual pitchers, she forgets how to hit.
    She loses everything she's been taught, swings too slowly and is always hitting to the right side of the field.

    She's facing faster pitchers now - she recently moved from 12U to 14U this season.

    In hitting her instructor will throw inside/outside pitches to get her to be able to hit those.
    In her first TB tournament she only struck out once and that was a called strike - she tends to let the outside pitches go. She's good at making contact.
    She just isn't swinging fast enough when she makes contact.
    We are going to ask her hitting instructor for some more tips but any ideas on stuff she can try?
    I'm not sure if it's just mental during games that she is thinking about too much and forgets everything.
    It's really frustrating to watch her ground out to second all the time :/
    IMO this happens when the hitter has not mentally prepared themselves to think every pitch is a strike. In hitting practice, the hitter most of the time will get a ball in the strike zone, so they are thinking every pitch is strike which makes them on time. In games the hitter needs to think the same way, every pitch is a strike. This means they will start their load/unload process and make a decission at this stage if it's going to be a ball or strike. I think your DD just needs to have "every pitch is a strike mentality", otherwise she will be behind on every pitch.

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    Think in terms of the 'fight or flight response'.

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    I only read OP and a couple responses so forgive me if this has already been said. Maybe playing both rec and travel is messing with her timing? My DD in 12u hates slow pitchers, and prefers heat. When she faces slower pitchers she actually struggles some, we are working on that. My daughter also hits a lot of balls to right side but she is taught to by her HC, anything except inside pitches go up the middle or to opposite for her, she rarely pulls the ball. It is obviously not good if she is hitting little dinkers to the 2B or SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeBW View Post
    I only read OP and a couple responses so forgive me if this has already been said. Maybe playing both rec and travel is messing with her timing? My DD in 12u hates slow pitchers, and prefers heat. When she faces slower pitchers she actually struggles some, we are working on that. My daughter also hits a lot of balls to right side but she is taught to by her HC, anything except inside pitches go up the middle or to opposite for her, she rarely pulls the ball. It is obviously not good if she is hitting little dinkers to the 2B or SS.
    My DD pulls everything.. it's a good thing if she's pulling the inside pitches and hitting everything else to center or opposite field. Wish my DD took the outside pitch to opposite field, that's a good thing

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