Collin Reid bats fourth in Brentsville’s lineup. But with the way he’s hitting right now, head coach Brian Knight would spread him out more if it was physically possible.
“I’d like him hitting third, fourth and fifth,” Knight said. “He’s exploded.”
The senior first baseman is on a 10-game hitting streak going into Friday’s state semifinal in Salem. But it’s not just the number of hits that’s jumping out. It’s the type of hits.
In Brentsville’s three regional games, Reid went 6 for 10 with five of those going extra bases (four doubles and one homer). Four of his 10 doubles have come in the last two games.
A three-year starter, Reid has always been a capable hitter. He’s just doing more of it right now.
“He’s taken it up a notch, Knight said. “He’s hitting better than we expected.”
Reid needed some time to re-acclimate himself into Brentsville’s offense after missing the Tigers’ five games over spring break. Knight said Reid and his family had a previously scheduled vacation during that time.
With Reid gone and for the sake of continuity, Knight needed to find other players to come in and play as replacements even after Reid returned. Reid understood Knight’s decision.
“He was not going to step right back in,” Knight said. “He had to find his timing.”
Reid sat out Brentsville’s first game once school returned and then recorded one at-bat in each of the next three games.
He was back in the lineup full time May 7 against Skyline and was 3 for 4. He’s been on a tear ever since in raising his batting average to .440.
Reid went 2 for 4 with two doubles, including the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth, as Brentsville (21-3) defeated William Monroe 3-2 in the region semifinals May 28.
Two days later, he was 3 for 3 with two more doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs in the Tigers’ 6-1 win over Warren County in the region final. He was 1 for 4 with a triple and RBI in Tuesday’s 5-4 state quarterfinal victory.
Brentsville plays again Friday in Salem against Fluvanna in a 1 p.m. state semifinal.