Kristalyn "Kris" Romulo, class of 2021, Gahr High School, Cerritos, CA
Preparation and poise. Approach and response. Know what you want to do; know how to do it; know how to react to whatever results. Hitters heed: how you go about your business and how you react to what happens to you both are, theoretically within the boundaries of your control. What happens to you (results), are not.
Learn the difference – and learn how to manage what you are allowed to manage. The famous poem by Rudyard Kipling says in part, “If you can keep your head, when all about you are losing theirs…” The poem ends saying, “If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance, yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, and – which is more – you’ll be a man, my son!”
Learn the umpire’s strike zone as early in the game as possible. The lowest strike, the highest strike, outside limit and inside limit. Know what he will give you and what he won’t give you. Most of the time, they will be consistent with their calls.