Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Short Hop: Scrimmage #1

Yesterday's scrimmage against Kankakee Community College meant a few things. But most importantly for the players, they could take a break from beating up on each other for at least a day.

The Score: SJC 5, KCC 1 (Game 1), SJC 10, KCC 2 (Game 2), KCC 6, SJC 2 (Game 3). Lineups

Offense: The bats came alive and put up 18 runs on the day on 30 total hits. The extra-base hit was at the center of the offensive output. Puma hitters racked up 13 extra-base hits, including 8 doubles, 3 triples and home runs by outfielders Dylan Rajkovich and Dom Olszta. The base running was aggressive but bordered on out of control, as there a lot of stolen bases but also a number of pickoffs.

Defense: Aside from a few errors at second base, and a errant throw on a do-or-die play at third, the defense was pretty solid. There was a communication breakdown on a run down, which is going to be an issue, and a point of emphasis all fall. The pitchers worked quick and filled up the strike zone, which led to a lot of strike outs. Velocity isn't everything, but nine pitchers hit 87 mph or better. Junior Jake Harper may have had the most impressive outing, retiring Kankakee in order in only 11 pitches.

Overall: If this were the Westminster Dog Show, the second group would have won Best in Show but the entire team played really well. It was an encouraging day to say the least but there are still a lot of areas that need work

Quote of the Day: "It's always good to see the ball leave the yard." Hitting coach Ryan Wheat on the Pumas two home runs.

Up Next: The Pumas will be back on the practice field next week after an off day Sunday. Intersquad scrimmages are planned for Wednesday and Thursday.

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