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Maple Grove's Naasz hot early

By Amelia Rayno, Star Tribune, 04/21/11, 9:02AM CDT


The shortstop has hit 4 home runs already this season


You would never know it from the way he walks around school, but Maple Grove shortstop Alex Naasz is making quite the stir on the baseball diamond these days.
Through the first six games of the season, the righty batter has slammed four home runs – a stunning improvement for a kid that had just one extra base hit, a double, last season.
 “He’s never really been a long ball hitter,” his coach, Darby Carlson said. “But right now, he’s swinging the bat well—he has a lot of confidence.”
Carlson said Naasz – who did more weight lifting in the offseason than he had in the past – has sprayed his bombs all over, including hitting to opposite field.
But in the classroom, “You’d never know anything was going on, on the field,” Carlson said. “He’s not a guy that blows his own horn. He just comes out, plays hard, has a smile on his face and it’s ‘Let’s get on to the next at-bat.’ It’s a real neat thing to see.”

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