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Polak cites playing time as reason for transfer

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

The last year has not been easy for Joey Polak.

After suffering an injury and red-shirting his freshman season at South Carolina the QND product and Gems infielder decided to transfer to Jefferson College after only one season with the Gamecocks.

 The decision to take the junior college route is one Polak has wrestled with all summer but a call he had to make in the end. 

"It was just the best decision for me so I can get my time to play. For my career, at least, it was the best decision," said Polak.

"Hopefully in the long term it works out well."

In Polak's 25 games with the Gems this summer he has mostly been used as a designated hitter. Fearing that would be all South Carolina saw in him Polak knew he had to find his way back onto the field which is where Jefferson College fit in his plans. 

"They gave me the opportunity to play the left side of the infield. That was something that was really important to me so I can show a little bit of the athleticism I've been working on. There were all the right pieces there and it worked out," Polak said. 

After starting his summer in the Coastal Plains League Polak has played in 25 games for the Gems this summer and is batting .250 with 23 hits and 16 RBIs. 

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