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Explorers shortstop Samson leading the league in hitting

X's shortstop Nate Samson leads the American Association with a .406 average. X's shortstop Nate Samson leads the American Association with a .406 average.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - The Explorers still have 81 games left but the early results have not been good.    Sioux City is in last place at 6-13 after losing the opener of their series with Gary Monday night, 5-3.

The pitching staff leads the league in strikeouts with the fifth best ERA in the 12-team league. But Sioux City is averaging less than four runs a game.
First year manager Steve Montgomery isn't pushing the panic button just yet, but roster changes could be coming.

"I think we're always trying to get better. I think if you're not trying to get better on a daily basis then you're going to fall behind," said Montgomery. "Yeah, I've been looking. I'm looking at different things, different options. It's just that some of the options out there aren't as good as what we have in a Sioux City Explorers uniform."

One player Montgomery wants to keep is shortstop Nate Samson, who is leading the American Association with a .406 batting average.

The 26-year-old from Florida has 29 hits in the first 19 games.    Samson still hasn't struck out this season.

"I'm just taking it an at-bat at a time," said Samson. "I always wait for good pitches to hit. That's really the whole thing. All you can do as a hitter is barrel it up and if it falls, it falls. I go up there and just try to hit it hard somewhere and hopefully it falls. I've been very lucky."

The X's game with Gary Tuesday was postponed. They'll play two 7-inning games Wednesday starting at 5:05 PM.

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