By Missy Chappell
Mother Nature has not seen fit to cooperate with the spring baseball schedule so far this season. However, despite her attempts to ruin an entire week, the Tuscola Warriors played three games against three quality opponents and ended the week with two more in the win column making them 9-2 on the season.
The Warriors only loss of the week came last Friday afternoon at Champaign Central. Noah Pierce took the mound and gave a great pitching performance, going five innings while giving up just one earned run, one hit, three walks and earning seven strikeouts. Logan Tabeling closed out the game facing the minimum in the bottom of the sixth.
Central got on the board early when a passed ball that was dropped on the tag at home allowed an unearned run to score. A wild pitch in the fourth inning allowed the runner on second to score, giving the Maroons their second run.
Central’s winning pitcher (Robinson) allowed just four hits and earned 10 strikeouts on Friday. The Warriors who have had steady run production all season, couldn’t score even one against Central. After the game Coach Hoel was disappointed in his offense and attributed it somewhat to Mother Nature.
“We didn’t swing the bats as well as we would have hoped. We struck out way too many times. That was probably because we faced the best pitcher we’ve seen all year, but I’m also concerned that the week off due to weather has set us back. We hit every day, but it isn’t the same in batting practice. We had guys that were really seeing the ball well before the break that did not look good in the box today.”
He continued, “Noah gave us a good chance to win against a quality opponent, but we just couldn’t give him any run support. We had Dalton on second base in the top of the first with no outs and couldn’t get him in. We had him in scoring position again in the third with one out and couldn’t move him around. Andrew led off the sixth with a double, and we followed that up with back-to-back-to-back strikeouts. Those are things that we had not been doing prior to the week off due to weather. Fortunately we’ve got two to play tomorrow (Saturday), so we’ve got another opportunity to get our swings back.”
The full story can be found in the Wednesday, April 4 edition of The Tuscola Journal.