Entering Thursday's game, Allie was tied for first in the SAL in home runs (eight), alone in fifth in batting average (.343), and second to teammate Josh Bell in runs batted in (26).
"He's working hard every day to learn everything that has to do with hitting, fundamentals-wise - balance, the eyesight and obviously the pitches," first-year Power hitting Coach Orlando Merced said. "He's a very strong young man. He's hitting the ball the other way and we will excel if he continues that approach."
Allie didn't get the chance to drive in many runs Thursday versus the Grasshoppers. He led off the inning in his first three at-bats, singling to right in the second, striking out swinging in the fourth and doubling down the first-base line in the seventh. Allie had Bell on first when he batted in the ninth, but was walked.
The Power (11-16) found itself in a deep hole early thanks to starting pitcher Clay Holmes' struggles. Holmes lasted just four innings, giving up eight runs, all earned, on eight hits. He struck out just one, walked three and hit three batters.
Allie's strikeout in the fourth is one of the few blemishes in his offensive game. He entered Thursday tied for fifth in the league with 34 strikeouts, but he's the only player among the top 20 in strikeouts batting better than .300. Merced isn't worried about strikeouts this early in Allie's career, and Allie said he wants to remain aggressive while batting cleanup.
"At two strikes, I'm still trying to get a ball I can drive gap to gap or get over the fence," he said. "The strikeouts are a little up, but I'm the one who's trying to get the RBIs in. Of course I want to get better at it. It's a work in progress and I'm trying to get better every day."
And he's happy he has every day to do it.
"It's exciting," he said. "I've worked my butt off with everyone here - the hitting coaches, the fielding coaches - and I'm so happy and proud just that it's finally paying off."
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