Tough losses doom baseball team
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Looking at the overall record, you wouldn’t think the baseball team was much improved over a year ago. That wasn’t quite the case though as despite going just 10-16 and 1-11 in district 4-4A, the team was in ten of the 12 district contests.
Of the 11 district losses, four came by one run and three others by two. The team’s struggles were due in large part to not being able to get a key hit when they needed it the most. Four of the teams five non-distirct losses came by one run as well.
As a team they hit .253 overall up .22 points from a season ago, but managed to hit at just a .181 clip in district play also slightly higher than a year ago.
Despite the lack of hitting, the team was able to push across 109 runs, while giving up just 113.
“We were able to stay in all our games this year late into the ballgame and giving ourselves a chance to win.” Coach Glen Harrison, said. “We just didn’t have as much success with our hitting and specifically, hitting with runners in scoring position as we needed.”
The defense and pitching were two areas of marked improvement for the team as they cut their errors from a year ago down from 68 to 42 and walked 19 less batters.
“I am looking to build on the success of this year,” Harrison said. “We put a lot of emphasis on defense and pitching this past off-season and we will continue to do that next year, however we must improve our hitting and we will address that as well.”
The program will lose nine seniors off this year’s team that in Harrison’s two years have started to set a tone for the program. Eight of the nine players who are graduating started at some point during the season.
“We will return Mark Johnson, Terrance Lucas, Charles Boosa, Ryan Duggan, Trevor Claytor, Josh Chavez, Bowie Farris, John Collins, for next year’s lineup,” Harrison said. “As for our next year’s pitching staff goes Roman Arnold, Brayden Flynn, Brendan Davenport and Dylan Tekell will help solidify the varsity pitching and catching duties.”
With the returning nucleus and the hard work the team has been putting in, Harrison is excited for next year.
“Our team chemistry was much improved this year from last,” Harrison said. “We had more players putting in time in the off season to get better and I look for that to increase in attendance this next year as well.”