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April 8, 2014

Stillwater Athlete of the Week: Zimmerman hitting strong for Stillwater baseball squad

STILLWATER, Okla. — Brooks Zimmerman has been able to see the ball while at the plate.

Zimmerman helped Stillwater to two district wins over Sand Springs last Monday and Tuesday and a non-district bout againt Yukon. Zimmerman has been named the Stillwater News Press Stillwater Athlete of the Week.

“I’m just feeling more comfortable at the plate as the season goes on,” Zimmerman said. “The winning part would come naturally because we’re a naturally winning team right now. We’re just coming together right now and are going to keep it going.”

Zimmerman is just one of four juniors on the squad  that has 17 senior this season. The Pioneers’ experience will certainly help Stillwater carry success this year. Stillwater hopes to host a regional tournament and get to the state tournament and win the gold ball.

Zimmerman began the week by going 4 for 4 with three singles, a double, two runs and two RBIs in Stillwater’s district 9-0 shutout win over Sand Springs at home last Monday.

“I just had the mindset to go to right center field today because the wind was blowing in really hard from left field. I just wanted to keep my hands inside the ball and drive it hard the other way,” Zimmerman said after the game. “We’re playing really well right now. We’re putting everything together.”

Zimmerman kept it going with a 2 for 3 outing against Yukon on Saturday. Zimmerman also scored one of the four runs in Stillwater’s 4-3 win.

Stillwater’s win against Yukon pushed the Pioneers to 14 victories in a row. The sweep against Sand Springs gave the Pioneers a perfect 6-0 record in district play.

“I think coach prepared us for the upcoming season,” Zimmerman said.

First-year head coach Jimmy Harris has made his mark on the program — at least for the beginning of the season as Stillwater has lost just once all year. The Pioneers have playing hard for Harris and the coaching staff.

“I think the transition has been really well. Nobody has any grudges against anybody, everybody loves everyone,” Zimmerman said.

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