Enter Blake Voris.
Voris, who has always been a solid hitter with incredible speed, entered 2015 as a rookie after missing the inaugural 2014 season due to work. He was a long time member of the Midcity Moonshots, so he knows how to win big games – exactly what Church was looking for. After Eli Pulley announced his big plans to leave the Skeeters and create his own team, Austin Church jumped on the opportunity to recruit Blake Voris, who he expected to be an immediate upgrade in every aspect. What Church (or any of us, for that matter) didn’t expect, was that, 6 games into the season, Austin would be struggling to find his groove at the plate, and Voris would be nearly carrying this Skeeters team offensively. “I’m playing like shit right now, but it’s pretty cool to be able to sit back and watch my squad dub like this”, explained Austin Church during last week’s games.
Voris entered with the hope of just proving he could play, “Coming in, I really just wanted to show that I belonged in the league. I didn’t play last season, so I wanted to prove that I could contribute something to this team. I hope my luck can continue throughout the rest of the season, but as long as we’re winning, I’m happy.”
As far as numbers go, Voris has blown the expectations away. Through 6 games, Blake leads the Skeeters in nearly every offensive category, and ranks 2nd in the league in hits, runs, home runs, and RBIs – numbers that will create a legitimate argument for MVP if they’re maintained through the length of the season. Compared to the Skeeters’ 4-hole hitter from last year, Voris has already more than doubled his HR count and has nearly as many hits through 6 games as he collected through 17. With Austin Church struggling and batting well under .300, Blake Voris has served as somewhat of a savior for this offense through 6 games. The Skeeters have survived their first 2 series against 2 of the best teams with a 4-2 record, even though Church has yet to return to form.
The Voris Effect stretches beyond what we see at the plate and in the field, and it’s evident in the frustration Austin Church showed after striking out against Voris last year. For some, it’s hard to focus solely on the game when you’re playing against him. “The dude rips his shirt off before the game, his chiseled abs glisten in the sun, his eyes look like the ocean, and his skin is perfectly tan, but we’re expected to be able to focus on the game at hand? No wonder he’s had so much success”, reflected Josh Hart of the Sand Gnats.
“I’m just happy he’s on my team, and I don’t have to play against him”, noted Church.
At this point, it’s obvious that Blake Voris belongs, and he’s producing well enough that he may take home multiple awards by the season’s end. If Austin Church can find that swing that catapulted him to the top of the offensive leaderboards last year, and Voris can keep producing at his current pace, these 4 guys will bring The Cup to Skeeterville come July.