Cory Clevenger now batting .369 for College of the Desert

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Apr 9, 2013

Hitting a baseball is probably the hardest thing to do in sports, but Cory Clevenger of Anchorage makes it look easy.

The College of the Desert infielder is among the leaders in the California Community College conference with a .369 batting average through 29 games.

But that’s not even the best part.

Clevenger, of Dimond Post 21 fame, is arguably the toughest guy in the league to strike out, with just five Ks in 131 plate appearances.

He doesn’t guess pitches. He doesn’t pick a location.

In fact, he doesn’t think about anything when he bats.

"Just watch the ball," he said. "I don’t think it’s that difficult."

He’s not being cocky, just direct – much like his straightforward approach at the plate. He likes to see the ball and hit it. It’s that simple.

"Usually I don’t get that deep in the count," he said. "If I see a strike I hit it and usually I put it in play the first couple strikes."

Clevenger has always been tough to strike out.

"I would go seasons without striking out when I was way younger," he said. "Strikeouts are a part of baseball. They are going to happen. I just don’t do it a whole lot."

Clevenger also has 20 runs, 16 RBIs, nine walks, eight doubles and one home run.

He has at least one hit in 26 of 29 games, highlighted by streaks of 11 and nine games.

He credited his coaches at College of the Desert for helping explode this season. Last year he hit .236 in 34 games.

"I didn’t see this coming," Clevenger said. "I took my coach’s advice and applied it to my swing and it just worked for me this season."