Peyton Person may be one of the quietest players on the Florence Buffaloes baseball team, but his bat does most of his talking.
The senior is making sure he’ll be going out with a bang from the plate this season. He’s the Buffaloes’ leading hitter and one of the top overall offensive players in the lineup.
“We tell our younger kids that if you want to learn how to approach the game, you need to watch Peyton,” Florence head baseball coach Ronny Allen said. “He knows how to turn on a button, switch to a competitive nature and go after it.”
Person is batting .544, and has 15 RBIs, 10 doubles and three homers — all team highs.
Person has also filled a role in the Florence pitching rotation. Despite an 0-3 record, he has a 1.97 ERA.
Still, it’s his bat that has been of paramount importance.
“He doesn’t think you can throw a fastball by him,” Allen said. “But if you do, he knows how to adjust. Good hitters adjust each at-bat, great hitters adjust each pitch.”
Person has been the model of consistency recording multiple hits in 12 of the 14 games he’s played in this season and his RBI total accounts for 20 percent of the team’s runs through the first 16 games.
Person began the season by hitting .461 (6 of 13). That stretch included an 0 for 3 performance against Lago Vista in a season-opening 11-0 loss.
But he’s been on a roll during the last five games combining to hit .611 (11 for 18) with four RBIs.