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Saturday, August 12, 2017 12:00 am

Notebook: Young thrives on girlfriend's advice

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

While G.K. Young's emergency fill-in performance at catcher stole the headlines Friday night, his offense was even better.

The 22-year-old slugger finished 2 for 3 with a solo home run and a bases-loaded walk. That walk brought in the TinCaps' go-ahead run in their 8-7 win over Bowling Green before an announced crowd of 7,020 at Parkview Field.

Part of Young's success in the batter's box? A little hitting advice from his girlfriend, Megan Worrell.

"Yeah, she's a good hitting coach to me," Young said. "She probably knows my swing better than anybody. She just told me to relax and go back up the middle and stay on the baseball like I'm used to doing."

Young, who is hitting .239 with nine homers this year, felt he had tried to pull the ball too much recently, and Worrell knew it.

"She's always there for me," Young said. "It means a lot to me."

Pitching switch: Michel Baez will start Sunday in the finale of the four-game series against Bowling Green. Ronald Bolanos had been the TinCaps' previously scheduled starter for Sunday.

Call it a comeback: The TinCaps rallied to win Friday after trailing by five runs. They hadn't done that since Aug. 16, 2015, at home against Cedar Rapids. That was the day the team gave away bobbleheads in the likeness of Norwell graduate Josh VanMeter.