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But Nelson, like any dedicated athlete, was searching for ways to improve on last season’s numbers, especially after watching graduated seniors Jackson Gray, the 2018 Suburban Life Player of the Year, and Jon Vesevick end their careers on a high note.
Nelson, a right-handed hitter and second-year varsity player, discovered an area that required attention.
“I changed my approach at the plate this year,” Nelson said. “I have more confidence, which is really helping me. This offseason, I worked a lot on my mindset at the plate. Someone said, ‘Baseball is 90 percent mental, 10 percent physical.’ That’s true.”
Nelson 2.0 is putting up big numbers through the first 10 games. He belted two home runs in Saturday’s 4-4, nine-inning tie against Bartlett. On a 75-degree spring afternoon, Nelson
continued his power surge with a triple, three-run home run in the second inning and a double in a 16-6 loss at St. Charles North on Monday.
“I felt good, but the team didn’t do what we needed to do to win,” Nelson said. “But I felt I had a good game. At the end of the day, that’s not what really matters. Winning games matters the most.
“I’m just trying to see the ball before I go [to the plate] and letting it go.”