Selma University's Edward Waters hit .578 over the past two weeks and knocked in 14 runs in leading the Bulldogs to a 12-5 start. -- Chris Wasson

Waters hopes hot bat helps bring wins

Published 8:19pm Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Eddie Waters has always been comfortable at the plate.

The Selma University centerfielder from Pensacola, Fla. could always use a good eye at the plate and his speed to find a way on base.

Waters used the off-season to work on his power and so far this season, it’s paying off.

The past two weeks, Waters has hit four home runs and knocked in 14 runners to go along with .578 batting average.

“I’m pretty comfortable at the plate right now,” Water said. “I’m seeing the ball and hitting it well. What I’ve been trying to do is stay consistent and I have been able to do that early on.”

In the off-season Waters trained with his sister Latricia, who is a personal trainer, to gain strength.

“We did a lot of strength training this summer,” Waters said. “We really focused on my core than anything else and it has definitely helped.

I’ve always been able to pull the ball with some power. Now I am able to go the other way and hit the ball out to right field too. Putting that together with my speed, I’ve been able to be alright at the plate.”

Waters coach Terrence Jackson has also noticed an improvement both on and off the diamond.

“He has picked up his studies a lot more this year,” Jackson said. “His first year here, he was a little lax in going to class and this year he has become a much better student. I think that has helped him on the field.”

Jackson said the ball has been coming off of Waters bat better this year as well.

“He has always been able to make good contact with the ball,” Jackson said. “This year though, the ball has a lot more pop when it comes off of his bat. You can tell he worked hard in the off-season.”

Water’s prime performance has given the Bulldogs a boost and the team is now 12-5 in just its second year.

“We are more like family than teammates,” Waters said. “We do everything together and are comfortable with each other. It’s good to be able to succeed with your family.

Now we are just trying to get even more in that win column.”

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