May 2, 2019 - Perkins Third Baseman Dessa Dubbert

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SANDUSKY, Ohio (WTVG) - Dessa Dubbert has 18 round trips around the base path in her career and she hopes that number continues to grow.

The Perkins High School senior wants to cross the No. 20 for career home runs and Dubbert has a shot to reach that mark with at least a week's worth of games remaining for the Pirates.

"At the beginning of last year, I had 11 home runs so I knew that it was something I would have to step up my game and actually put my head to," Dubbert said.

A mid-season back injury led to a shoulder dip in Dubbert's swing. But thanks to those around her, she made a correction.

"She takes all feedback from us positively," Perkins left fielder Tahtyana Tucker said. "There's no negative comments from her. When she's at the bat and she messes up - she likes high pitches, obviously - so we tell her, 'Hey keep you hands up, drive through the ball, always gone.'"

Perkins has a first-year head coach in Kelly Green. While Green's time only covers a sliver of this record, it made her transition with the team easier.

"Yes!," Green said. "It's been so rewarding because I didn't know what kind of challenges I was going to come into, how much I had to rebuild the program. But just to have any little extra sugar on top helps a lot."

A new coach.

A slight change to the swing.

So what is the best way to hit a home run?

"The key is to it is not to think about it when you're not in the batters box," Dubbert said. "Because if you think too much about it, it won't happen."

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