The young Eminence Warrior baseball team continued to struggle last week as they dropped games to Trimble County 11-1, Owen County 13-1 and Paris 11-1. However, the Warriors are showing improvement from last year.
In the game against Paris Friday night Eminence trailed by just three runs going into the fifth inning. Through four innings the Warriors had only one error and had not given up any walks. Austin Jones and Jalen Dixie showed good command of the strike zone and the defense held behind them. But in the fifth inning the Warriors’ defense fell apart.
“We had five errors in the fifth inning and two walks,” Coach Jay Virgin said. “We played well until then but we lost concentration in the fifth. We definitely pitched better. Paris hit the ball well but as far as control and getting it over the plate, we did a good job.”
The Warriors got more base runners in the game but struggled to get them home.
Jones singled in the third inning and stole second and third base. The catcher’s throw to third sailed into left field and Jones scampered home with Warriors’ only run of the game. The Warriors left five men on base in the game.
“Offensively, we still need to be more aggressive,” Virgin said. “We had three outs where we didn’t swing the bat.
“As far as the defense is concerned, we do have some people playing out of position because of injuries so I’m going to give them a little slack but we still need to make the easy plays and we didn’t always do that.”
Owen County 13 EHS 1
The Owen County Rebels came out aggressive on the base paths and stole bases at will against the Warriors’ pitching staff in route to a six-inning victory.
“With injuries to two of our top pitchers we are having to learn on the fly,” Virgin said. “We are having trouble with holding runners but we are working on it. They are not comfortable on the mound yet and that is on me. That is part of my job and we are working on that.”
The Warriors scored their only run in the second inning when Andrew Coomes was hit by a pitch and eventually came around to score when Josh Fleig was walked with the bases loaded. The Warriors stranded seven runners on base for the game.
“Offensively, when we do get people on base, we are leaving them on base,” Virgin said. “We definitely need to be more aggressive at the plate without swinging at bad pitches.”
Trimble County 11 EHS 1
The Warriors were even with the Raiders after two innings at 1-1 but struggled against the pitching of Michael Dunaway who pitched a one-hitter. Dunaway also had a one-hitter earlier in the year against Henry County.
“Their pitcher was good,” Virgin said. “We ran into a buzz saw. He had good control and threw pretty hard.”
Virgin was pleased with his pitching but thought that the score was not indicative of that.
Austin Jones pitched a decent game. They only had three or four solid hits and Travis Bell pitched the last two innings and did all right. Our defense didn’t support the pitchers. We just made too many errors.”
“Our offense is a work in progress,” he continued “We have to get more base runners on. We have to put the ball in play and put pressure on the defense.”