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Higgins, Konkrete Kids are finding their bats

Logan Higgins knew that his team’s hitting, as well as his own, were off to an uncharacteristic start. Over the years, Northampton always has been a consistent hitting team.

But like most crestfallen situations with the Konkrete Kids’ program, it didn’t last long.

The Kids rallied after an 0-2 start to win their next four games, outscoring the opposition, 37-9, during the span. After being 0-for-9 in his first two games, Higgins had raised his average to .304 with seven hits and three RBIs over the four games.

Higgins led the team in hitting last year with a .410 average.

“We got off to a rough start,” said the senior. “But we knew we could turn things around. I knew I could get going, too.

“I tried not to think about it and have the right mindset. I had my hands sliding off the end of the bat, and my hand hurt when the ball hit the bat. Last year, I got off to a hot start, and it wasn’t so hot the year before that.

“I knew I could eventually get things going.”

Higgins had noticed a difference.

“I had the trouble with my hands and corrected it,” he added. “I have been seeing the ball a lot better.”

Higgins has noticed a different chemistry on the team that should be a major factor to the team’s success.

“We all get along well,” he said. “We really have loved playing with each other. A lot of us were on the state champion Connie Mack team a few years ago. Now, we have to bring it together to win a state championship.

“We have all come together, and we’re capable of beating any team out there.”

Head coach Mick Sugra was confident Higgins would find his mark in his role as a catalyst for the team.

“He’s a guy that we needed to get going,” said Sugra. “He was one of the top hitters in the area last year.

“If you told me that he would start the season 0-for-9, I would have said no way. But he finally got it going, and we started rolling.

“He’s a big part of our offense from the leadoff spot. In our first four games, we didn’t use him in the pitching role. After these five postponed games, he and other are going to need to be ready to go to the mound.”

Higgins will continue his career next year at DeSales University and pursue a degree in criminal justice. He previously had played at DeSales and knew it wouldn’t be a hard sell.

“I always loved the atmosphere there, and I knew right away,” he beamed. “When I met with coach (Tim) Neiman, I felt like I was part of the family there.”

Higgins envisions his future career working for the FBI on a task force. His older brother, Michael, was an inspiration for serving in the military and being a correctional officer.

“I always have wanted to give back to the community and help people out,” he said. “I have been grateful for what community has given me, and I want to give back.”

He’ll follow in his own footsteps, as Higgins has given plenty to Northampton baseball.

Press file photo Logan Higgins and the Kids, shown here in a game at Coca-Cola Park last season, appear to have found their bats this season after starting 0-2.