Bat Tigers Swept in First Games of the Season by Southeastern Illinois
2014 Tiger Baseball Team
COLDWATER — Coahoma Community College’s baseball team finally had enough cooperation from Mother Nature to get its season underway over the weekend as they played host to NJCAA Division I opponent Southeastern Illinois College out of the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. The weather was stable enough to get in four games Saturday and Sunday, just not cooperative enough to facilitate repairs to the Eddie C. Smith Sportsplex on Coahoma’s campus. CCC traveled to play the four-game set with the Falcons at Independence High School in Coldwater, dropping all four games to open up the season.
“First a big thanks to the coaches and everyone at Independence High School, they really helped us out by allowing us to use their field — we really appreciate it,” said CCC Head Coach Kenny Strong. “It wasn’t the way we hoped to start the season, but we made some key mistakes that cost us runs in key situations and it really hurt us. It was our first time out, hopefully we’ve shaken off the cobwebs and we’ll be ready to play ball like we’re capable of playing on Wednesday.”
Key errors set off scoring bursts by the visiting Falcons and in each of the four games the Tigers (0-4) found themselves trying to claw back out of an early hole. Their best chance to pull off a comeback win came in Sunday’s opener when Coahoma scored seven runs in the game’s final two innings but came up two runs short.
Coach strong said he was proud of the performances of all of his starting pitchers, and told his team that while there were some good individual efforts this weekends, that his ball club would have to start gelling together as a team quickly, and putting forth a solid and complete team performance if they wanted to start picking up a few wins.
With the home field still unplayable, the Bat Tigers have switched their home game with Jackson State Community College (TN) on Wednesday to an away game. The Tigers are scheduled to play again on the road Saturday at Meridian Community College.
Four-Game Series Offensive Leaders:
|Hudson Ross: ||6-for-12, with one double, one walk, HBP|
|Justin Powell:||4-for-8, with two doubles and two walks|
|Corey O’Brien:||4-for-9, with a triple|
|Hunter Necaise:||2-for-3 (played just one game)|
|Game #1||loss 6-3||LP: C.J. King|
|Game #2||loss 7-4||LP: Ray Williams|
|Game #3||loss, 10-8||LP: Jonathan Oglesby|
|Game #4||loss, 11-1|| LP: Talis Ulmer|