For Khalil Macklin, playing shortstop is a little like a riding a bicycle.
Before this summer with Coleman-Pitt Post 58, he hadn’t played the position in almost two years. In high school baseball with Nash Central, he lines up in center field.
Macklin has fallen off the metaphorical bike once or twice, with a bobble or a misplay, but his range past second base and his strong throws from deep in the hole to gun down runners is all too prevalent thus far this season.
“I’ll get back into it,” Macklin said with a smile.
With his excellent speed, strong arm and natural first step, Macklin seems like a perfect fit for a corner outfield position.
At shortstop – a position Post 58 coach Hank Jones said Macklin has played well so far – he just does more for Coleman-Pitt. Strangely enough, his move to short has helped Coleman-Pitt offensively.
“If Khalil can play that position well, it allows us to get another bat in the lineup that we would not be able to get,” Jones said. “As long as he plays like he’s doing now, we’ll keep on doing it.”
Post 58 (4-0-1) has exploded offensively to start the season. Averaging nine runs per game so far this season, Coleman-Pitt has put itself confidently in position for a strong showing in its new conference.
With its win Friday against Pitt County Post 39, Post 58 has won four straight games and remains undefeated.
A handful of that can be credited to Macklin’s switch – or some to Macklin himself.
In his previous two stints with Post 58, Macklin played shortstop.
With the speed that Post 58 has in its starting outfield now, it was just a better fit for Macklin to play back in the infield.
“I love it,” Macklin said. “I love being back on the dirt.”
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