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RedHawks' Lucas Harrell learning how to swing a bat all over again

BY TARIQ LEE, Staff Writer, Modified: July 27, 2011 at 11:01 pm •  Published: July 27, 2011

“I got him to get a base hit today,” RedHawks hitting coach Keith Bodie said. “He's a good student, it's been fun. You're trying to make something out of nothing, but he's got a lot to start with. He a very good athlete.”

Harrell went 1-for-2 in Wednesday's game and struck out once. Still, one hit is a huge steppingstone for ballplayer who is learning how to swing the bat all over again.

“I told him one thing, ‘Just close your eyes and swing as hard as you can,' and he did it,” Bodie said. “You're going to see some more hits from him.”

When Houston sent Harrell to the Triple-A RedHawks, he didn't know anyone on the team. Harrell said he feels welcomed and enjoys the task ahead — becoming a hitter.

“Tony DeFrancesco has been good helping me with my hitting and my bunting,” Harrell said. “I'm not so good at it yet.

“I like hitting, I just wish I was better at it.”