Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Short Hop: 9/5/13

After a high-intensity practice on Tuesday, the Pumas held their third intersquad scrimmage on Wednesday. The two teams who won their respective games last week faced off in a one-sided affair yesterday. Experience can matter in this game and Wednesday was proof of that.

The Score: Red 6, Black 0. Lineups

Offense: This game demonstrated what can happen when teams execute. Sure, there were some hits, but those hits were bigger because of good base running and productive outs. A few guys in-a-row do their jobs and you look up to see a big inning.

Defense: This game demonstrated what can happen when teams fail to execute. Communication can bring a defense down faster than a botched double play ball. And there were definitely opportunities to display more on-field leadership. Physical errors will happen (of which there was only one), but not talking to a teammate iz unacceptable. The pitching was very good, where pitchers on both sides racked up the strikeouts. Senior Brett Maus and red-shirt junior Brad Reedy each struck out the side in scoreless innings of work.

Overall: There are games when one team just dominates another and this was one of them. There was a clear discrepancy in the energy and execution levels between the Black and Red teams and it wasn't hard to determine who had what and who came ready to play.

Quote of the Day: "Yeah, it got up and hit me in the face." Senior/infielder Craig Austgen after taking a ground ball off the cheek.

Up Next: Puma Baseball will take on Kankakee Community College on Saturday beginning at 11am at Gil Hodges Field.

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