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Bombs away: Harter swinging hot bat for Winner/Colome

A simplified approach has led to more home runs for Winner/Colome's Harter

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Winner/Colome's Reed Harter, right, celebrates with his brother Zach Harter, left, after scoring a run during an amateur baseball game in Emery on June 27.

Reed Harter has been doing less thinking and more hitting this season.

Entering Tuesday’s game vs. Wagner, Harter has belted seven home runs through nine games during the amateur baseball season. He’s hit three home runs in two different games this season for Winner/Colome. Harter clubbed three home runs against Corsica-Stickney on June 13, while he crushed three more against Dimock-Emery on June 27.

Not bad for someone that never hit a home run in high school and has five through three seasons at Dakota Wesleyan University.

What’s been the secret to his success this amateur campaign?

“I just simplify things up there and I see the ball and I hit the ball and that’s pretty much what I do,” said the Winner/Colome shortstop.

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He’s also used an aggressive approach at the plate, which has allowed him to drive in 15 runs and hit .448 entering Tuesday.

“I just look for a pitch that I like and I swing,” Harter said. “I don’t try to overanalyze or anything like that. I just swing and just hopefully have a good bat path to the ball.”

But his success also doesn’t come by accident. He sharpens his hitting skills in the batting cage in his spare time, while he also credits DWU hitting coach Sean Kammerer for simplifying things for him.

“We were working on some things this past spring and really working on trying to get some more drive off my back leg on my swings,” Harter said.

He’s also not the only Pheasant crushing the ball. Winner/Colome is hitting .337 as a team and they’ve combined to hit 15 as a team. Austin Richey has hit three home runs, while Austin Calhoon and Derek Graesser have two apiece. Harter’s brother, Zach, also has a homer.

Reed Harter said the hitting is contagious and the power lineup feeds off each other.

“We have a bunch of guys that know baseball on our team so that’s always beneficial for being a baseball player,” Reed Harter said.

After a slow start due to weather, the Pheasants are 7-2 entering Tuesday’s game against Wagner and appear to be rolling as postseason action is around the corner.

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“We are headed in a good direction,” Reed Harter said. “We are swinging the ball pretty well. That’s one of our strengths as a team, I think. We have a few guys that can get on the mound and throw strikes for us. We have been playing pretty good lately and hopefully that goes for the rest of the season.”

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