SOUTH WEBSTER — On a cool, rainy evening the South Webster Jeeps lost to the Waverly Tigers by a score of 8-4.
In baseball, sometimes momentum is everything. Throughout the long season players improve, coaches realize what their strengths and weaknesses are, and routine plays are made more easily. Whenever you have a large break in between games it can slow your momentum, or gunk up the gears of a well-oiled machine.
“We haven’t played since last Monday, in a week,” South Webster baseball coach Ryan McClintic, said. “This was by far the longest lay off we’ve had all year. It was kind of weird to play 23 games in about four weeks and then have a full seven days off.”
Indeed, South Webster started off slow. They were shutout until the sixth inning, where they would score all four of their runs.
“We just couldn’t get much going offensively in this one,” admitted McClintic. “We only had three hits on the evening. Waverly jumped out on us early and we just couldn’t catch up.
“It was one of those games where every ball that we hit was right at someone. On the other side, they had some timely hits and took advantage of our mistakes we made in the field.”
South Webster will be looking to temper their mettle heading into the tournament with two remaining away games left in the regular season. One of those games will be Wednesday against the division two, state-ranked Jackson Ironmen, which will be followed by their final game, a rematch against the Waverly Tigers on Thursday.
“There’s no big adjustments really as we head back up against Waverly, we just have to limit the free passes,” McClintic said. “They like to play small ball, so we can’t make it easy for them to play the way they want to. We have to make them earn it.
“We’ll get back into the swing of things and be ready for the tournament next week. We look at these next two games as an advantage. It’s a chance to play quality teams leading up to the post season.”