It’s a cloudy Friday afternoon at Shaw Park, The Goldeyes are getting ready to play game one of a three- game series versus their North division rival St. Paul Saints. Infielder Andrew Sohn is staying late after batting practice to get some extra work with Mason Katz, Shawn Pleffner, and Wes Darvill.
“Infield chemistry is huge,” said Sohn. “Knowing where the guys are going to be on double-play balls and slow rollers. Knowing guys arms, batting practice is the time to feel it out and it’s coming together.”
Sohn has played 26 of 28 games at shortstop this season and has been dynamic to say the least. Consistency at a position is not a luxury he was given in the batting order when he first came to Winnipeg. Sohn has hit in five different slots in the order this season, but may have finally found his home at the top of the lineup.
“I haven’t led off much in my career. In college I always hit in the three spot. Once I went to professional ball I moved down the order to the nine-hole. I’m lucky that leadoff is similar to nine-hole, as you are just trying to work counts and do what you can to get on base and set the table for the big guys behind me.”
In the past 20 games, Sohn has been electric. With a batting average of .377 and 15 runs scored, he has found some success that he admits was not there when he first started the season.
“I had a good spring training but started the season a bit slow. I was working with Tom (Vaeth) a lot, and it’s paid off.”
His 20-game dominance included a career night on June. 17th, when Sohn went 4-for-4 with a solo home run in a 3-2 win over the Saints. A night that could be attributed to his work with Goldeyes’ hitting coach Tom Vaeth or the fact his parents were in town for the game.
“I love when they are here,” said Sohn about his parents being in the stands “They came to the first series in Cleburne, and I always try and play well in front of them. They’re here for a week, so it’s nice to get lunch of dinner with them and definitely cheaper (laughs). It’s good to see them because I’m on the road so much.”
Sohn and the Goldeyes will be on the road for the next seven days, with series against the Lincoln Saltdogs and the St. Paul Saints. The Goldeyes return home for a three-game series against the Gary SouthShore RailCats on June 27th. If Sohn continues the pace he has set the past three weeks, it will be a great series to watch.