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COLLEGE BASEBALL

Nisle finding his swing for Oilmen

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WHITING — Baseball is a game of repetition, and that statement couldn’t ring more true for Alex Nisle.

In his freshman year at St. Joseph’s College, Nisle saw just eight at-bats, so this summer with the Oilmen is of utmost importance as it allows him to get reps at multiple positions and at the plate.

“It’s big because I can get at-bats and get comfortable seeing the ball again while getting my confidence back,” Nisle said. “Defensively, I’m able to play first, third and left and I can see the ball off the bat from each spot and stay fresh at each position. When you get to the field, you don’t always know what position you’re going to play, so it’s good to be able to stay confident at all those positions.

“This is a great ballfield, the competition is good, and this is a great team. It’s been a great experience and I really wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

Nisle’s versatility around the diamond will only help him find his way into the lineup, whether it’s with NWI or St. Joseph’s.

“He’s been playing a little bit of everything,” Oilmen manager Adam Enright said. “He’s suited to play all of those and he’s a guy who’s going to hit his way into the lineup at one of those spots. He’s serviceable at all four of those spots and if he hits, he’ll definitely play here and at St. Joe’s in any of those spots; as long as he hits.”

Hitting is exactly what Nisle has been doing, swinging a red-hot bat over the last couple weeks. After hitting .125 in his first 10 games with the Oilmen, he is hitting a robust .458 over his last eight.

“I didn’t play much in college so it was just about getting at-bats,” Nisle said. “I was just struggling with my swing a little bit, so once I got more confidence, it started getting easier. Adam (Enright) helped me with my swing a little bit so I’ve been working on it, and mentally I’ve just been not trying to do too much and letting the hits come to me.”

“The path of my swing now allows more room for error. It gives me a better opportunity to hit the ball, put it in play and drive it.”

Oilmen manager Enright and Nisle have worked on having a plan at the plate and simply getting the repetitions needed to get the desired results.

“He’s been getting the ball off the ground on a line and it’s turned into a lot of hits and a couple of extra base hits, which will turn into driving more runs and scoring more often,” Enright said. “We talk about the concept first and see if that changes the swing because when you’re thinking a certain thing, that thought can change the mechanics right away and that didn’t quite work. So we talked about how to go about accomplishing that concept and it’s just been about getting reps.

“You can get a thought in mind but it’s just suddenly not going to fix itself overnight; this game’s not that easy. It’s a combination of the concept and how to accomplish it and he’s been able to put that together and have some really good results here in the last couple weeks.”

Nisle comes from a successful Lake Central program, bringing a strong winning mindset to the Oilmen lineup as L.C. also provides the necessary tutelage to get its players ready for the next step in their careers.

“They do a lot there that translates to the college game,” Nisle said. “The schedule we go through gave us great competition. The coaching, the weight program and just everything we did there got me ready for college ball.

“Playing at those kinds of schools gets you ready to compete as far as winning and you want high school guys at the college level who come from a winning pedigree and are used to winning,” Enright added. “Getting guys from Lake Central and schools at that level is very advantageous for college coaches because they can just simply coach those guys because the players already have that innate ability to go out there and compete.”

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CJ grew up shadowing his father, Jim, at various prep events and now follows in his footsteps as a sports reporter at The Times. A Purdue University graduate, his allegiances lie with the Boilermakers, Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds.

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