07/29/2013 3:47 PM
Michael Corso is a soft spoken man and he's been quietly been going about his business this season with the Moose Jaw Miller Express.
The 2012 home-run king didn't get off to the greatest start in that category this season with only three in the first month, but he's been slowing picking up steam and he took over the league lead on Saturday night with a monster game.
Corso powered the Millers into the playoffs against the Okotoks Dawgs with an incredible two home run and seven RBI performance in their 11-6 win on Saturday. Not only did that game put the Millers into the playoffs, but it also put him within striking distance of a triple crown.
“It was one of my better days this season,” he said after Sunday's game. “It was really important, we needed that (win), and we got it, so we're all good now.”
The Henderson State senior had been leading the league in batting average for most of the season, but his late season tear moved him into a tie for first in home runs and gave him a four RBI cushion on second in that category.
“I was just trying to have good at-bats Saturday and that's all I did was have good at-bats,” he said. “I'm not really worried about home runs, I just try to get the fastball that I want and make solid contact and see what happens.”
After going 0-for-4 on Sunday, Corso is sitting with a .385 average (2nd behind Okotoks' Thomas Rodrigues at .394), ten home runs (tied for 1st with Swift Current's Jake Gonzalez) and 44 RBIs (1st by four) heading into the final game of the regular season on Monday. He said he knows he's close.
“I'm not trying to worry about that right now,” Corso said. “It would mean a lot, but I’m not the kind of guy who worries about (stats) a whole lot. I just want to try to help the team. If it turns out that I get, I’ll be glad.”
There is a chance that Corso could rest on Monday night with the team's playoff spot locked up. “I'm not thinking about it, it's just another day of baseball,” he said. “Whatever happens, happens. If (Hunt) wants me to play than I'll play, but if not that's fine, not really too worried about it.”
The Millers close out the regular season on Monday in Saskatoon.