Thursday, March 10, 2005

Potts Camp drops first three on diamond

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

Potts Camp’s young baseball team is off to an 0-3 start, but head coach Jeff King sees progress.

The Cardinals start two juniors, three ninth graders, three 10th graders and an eighth grader.

“We’re making improvement,” he said. “Successes won’t be in wins and losses.”

Potts Camp started the season February 19 by hosting Thrasher for a doubleheader.

The Cardinals, despite outhitting the opposition six to three, dropped the first game 2-1.

“We left seven runners on base in five innings, five of those in scoring position,” King said.

Eric Tucker was the losing pitcher.

“He pitched well,” King said. “We didn’t get the key hit when we needed it.”

Tucker led the offensive effort with two hits.

It was much the same story in game two as the Cardinals fell 9-5.

They outhit Thrasher seven to six and left seven runners on base.

“We also made six errors, which was big in the loss,” King said.

Getting two hits each for Potts Camp were Corbin Stanton, Brandon Hendricks and Chad Bowman.

Stanton was the losing pitcher.

The Cardinals then traveled to Thrasher this past Saturday, March 4, for a single game and dropped a 15-5 decision.

“They outhit us in this one,” King said. “They hit the ball well.”

Thrasher had 15 hits, and Potts Camp had seven.

“We fell behind 9-0 and then cut it to 9-5,” King said.

Thrasher scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game.

Tucker took the mound loss.

Stanton and Hendricks connected for two hits each for the Cardinals.

“Our pitching was OK in the three games,” King said. “We’re striking out too much with runners on base. Our hitting is inconsistent, and the defense is struggling some.

“We just haven’t been outside much (to practice) due to the weather.”

Potts Camp was scheduled to host DeSoto Central on Tuesday. They then host Byers Friday at 5 p.m. and Blue Mountain Saturday at 12 noon.


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