Player/coach Ryan Stickel was happy with how the team performed at the plate throughout the first game, but noted that some mistakes in the field really hurt the team.
“I thought that offensively we did really well, guys were getting some good hacks out there,” Stickel says. “Defensively, fairly sound for the most part. Obviously some errors killed us, but it’s still early on in the season so I was happy with how guys were swinging the bats at least.”
The second game turned out to be a challenge for the squad. The errors continued throughout the game as the Black Sox struggled to get any momentum.
Stickel adds that while mistakes are going to happen, self inflicted errors really hurt the team as the game progressed.
“There’s going to be bad hops and strike outs, but it’s just the mental errors when guys aren’t thinking,” Stickel says. “Tyring to steal second with two outs with a left handed batter at the plate, or bunting with the three hole hitter never seem to work and always come to bite you in the butt.”
Despite the lopsided loss in game two, the play of Craig Stewart on the mound was one of the positives being taken away from the contest, and Curtis Little had a strong showing for the Black Sox as he had four K’s during his stint in the game.
“He (Stewart) pitched really well. He hasn’t pitched in about 17 years, so we had him on a pretty short leash,” says Stickel. “But he really impressed me, and Curtis Little came out, and he just started coming out to practice last Tuesday so he threw the ball really well too.”
The Black Sox record going into next weekend’s action sits at 1-3 as they welcome Grande Prairie for another double header on Saturday. The first pitches for the games go at 1 and 4 p.m. from the College Diamonds.