Dibrell providing power to Lamar batting order
The senior right fielder has three home runs, four triples and 26 RBI for the Vikings
Most people involved in the Lamar High School baseball program would agree that senior outfielder Erick Dibrell has found his stroke at the plate this year.
That would be an understatement.
Dibrell, the Vikings’ right fielder, has gone from a .176 average and three RBI last season to a solid .255 average with three home runs, 26 RBI and four triples – all of which lead the team – this year.
“Erick is a lot more consistent this year,” Lamar assistant coach Damon Evans said. “When he comes up, we want to have men on base, because he can bring them in.”
The improved hitting has been the springboard for the Vikings’ 18-15 record this season, and their area playoff date with El Paso Socorro this weekend in Odessa.
Dibrell said the biggest difference has been finding his swing.
“I found some power and feel that I’m mentally improved,” Dibrell said. “I just don’t want to put too much pressure on myself.”
Because of his versatility at the plate, Dibrell has moved around the batting order this season, doing whatever the team needs him to do.
Earlier this season, he was hitting cleanup, but he has also hit in either the fifth or sixth slot in the batting order.
It doesn’t matter to me where I hit, because I’m looking for one pitch,” Dibrell said.
Dibrell can move around to where ever the team needs him, Lamar baseball coach Paul Kino said.
“We move him around the order and he can hit third, fourth, fifth or sixth,” Kino noted.
Dibrell’s early success has cost him over the course of the season. Opposing pitchers became wise to him and stopped throwing hard stuff that he could drive.
“It depends on what the pitcher is known for,” he said. ”I’m starting to see more slow, off-speed stuff.”
The senior just wants to contribute to whatever it takes for the Vikings to win, but Evans believes Lamar has more success when their power hitter has his stroke.
“We play mostly station-to-station ball,” Evans said. ”But when Erick gets a lot of extra base hits, we can get some big innings, and we usually win those games.”
Lamar was almost derailed last week in the Bi-District series against Keller.
The Indians took Game 1, 2-0, last Friday, but the Vikings never panicked and rallied to win the final two games of the series.
“We showed up at the park on Saturday and agreed that if we kept swinging the bats, something would happen,” Dibrell said. “No one on the team tried to do too much.”
Dibrell will walk on at Grayson Junior College next fall, but right now he’s concentrating on this weekend’s series against El Paso Socorro, which has a strong tradition and won state in 2009.
“I honestly could see us going far in the playoffs if we stay together,” he said. “But right now, we have to take it one game at a time.”