Gillespie following a solo HR against Amsterdam
ALBANY, N.Y.- In the second week of the 2018 season, Golston Gillespie launched three home runs, tied for the most over the seven-day span with two others in the PGCBL. In 18 at bats, Gillespie hit .333 (6-for-18) and worked five walks.
Gillespie’s on base percentage for the week was .478. He appeared in all five games for the Dutchmen and reached base safely in each one.
On June 12th at Utica, Gillespie hit two home runs and went 4-for-6 with four RBI, two runs, and added a stolen base.
Dutchmen head coach Nick Davey has been impressed by Gillespie’s approach at the plate. “Not only did he have three homers, but he is a guy that works counts very well and will take the free base when it’s given to him.”
“Walking is kind of my thing,” Gillespie said. “I’ve been walked a good amount throughout my life.”
Gillespie does not get discouraged by the free pass, however, and understands the importance reaching first has for his team. At the same time, he reminds himself to expect a good pitch to hit on every pitch. “I’ve learned that you still have to be ready to hit that pitch you’re looking for and be on time when it comes.”
Golston has also shown his worth in the field. He has appeared in three positions (catcher, first base, right field) without committing an error. He has a total of 37 put outs and four assists.
Gillespie leads the team with three long balls and is one back in the league-lead. He also sets the pace on the club with an overall .459 on base percentage. His slugging percentage of .643 is third in the PGCBL.
“I believe what has helped me the most at the plate this week is just relaxing and having fun and trying to enjoy the game and not make is so difficult on myself up there,” Gillespie said.
Coach Davey is looking forward to penciling Gillespie’s name into the middle of the lineup on a daily basis. “He’s going to be counted on heavily for us this season to be a run producer.”
For Gillespie, he plans to continue what has worked for him. “I don’t plan on changing that much just trying to keep making hard contact and let the ball fly.”
Coach Davey’s expectations for Gillespie will remain high. “As he gets more at-bats under his belt, the better and more consistent he’ll be.”
“Hitting is hard,” Gillespie said. “I like to try to keep it simple.”