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PG: Emling's show of power in the PGCBL

From Perfect Game USA

Yesterday, Luke Emling crushed his seventh home run for the Adirondack Trail Blazers this summer. Not only is Emling leading the league in home runs, he’s running away with the league lead; no other player in the PGCBL has more than four home runs. The Villanova rising sophomore has 22 hits this season, and 12 of those hits have gone for extra bases.

Villanova Head Coach Joe Godri isn’t surprised by Emling’s offensive outburst.

“He has tremendous power—as much power as maybe anyone in our league—and you’re seeing some of the numbers he’s putting up this summer. The good thing for us is he’s only going to be a sophomore.”

As amazing as Emling’s power is, his story might be even more fascinating. When he was in high school, Emling was recruited as a pitcher. With an upper-80s fastball, Emling was, and still is, a promising prospect on the mound. He was thought of more as a pitcher who could hit, but now he’s asserting himself as a hitter who can pitch.

At Villanova, Godri did whatever he could to get Emling’s bat in the lineup. The Wildcats had a crowded outfield, so Emling was inserted mostly as a designated hitter, getting time in the outfield only sparingly. This summer, the Trail Blazers are giving Emling the opportunity to work on every aspect of his game.

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