Saturday, March 20, 2010

Split and Run

We should sleep well tonight. Spending six hours out in the sun can take it out of you. So can grinding it out on the diamond for 14 innings. It was a beautiful day at Chain O'Lakes Park in Winter Haven, FL, but it didn't start out that way.

We fell behind 2-0 after the first and it took awhile for our offense to get going. Six innings later to be exact. Sure we had some scoring opportunities but we couldn't seem to string any hits together until it was too late. Mike Kloss pitched well enough to win, but made a few mistakes that cost him. We talk about it all the time but when pitchers fall behind in the count, they're going to get hurt. It didn't happen much, but when it did, the Luther hitters took advantage. We trailed 3-0, when we pushed a pair of runs across in the sixth and started a rally in the seventh but it ended with the tying and go-ahead run on base.

Being delt our first loss of the young season, we had a chance to see how we would respond as a team. What would transpire could be a good sign for the remainder of the year. It took about as long for the offense to get going as it did for Tyler Herman to retire the side in the first. Herman was great, for the most part he was ahead of the hitters and he did a nice job keeping the Luther hitters off balance. The offense was led by Matt Abraham and Brennan Hagensee, which was reminiscent of last season.

It wasn't the ideal outcome heading into the day, but we'll take the split and move on to tomorrow's game against Knox. Keep updated with http://twitter.com/thecoachscave.