Baseball loss leaves coach agitated, disappointed


Senior Robbie Taylor gets a base hit.

The coaches of the Cards baseball team would consider last Monday’s game against Columbus East to be the best game the team has had all season. However, the game that head coach Mr. Scott Whitlock considers the worst happened two days later.

The Cards lost to Bloomington South, 12-3, last night. Two of the three runs the Cards scored were driven in on one hit. The Cards had only four total hits on the game. Whitlock was frustrated with the team’s overall performance last night, after having beaten Columbus East, 5-2 on Monday night.

“We laid an egg,” Whitlock said. “Monday we came out playing an extremely good team, and we played the game we knew all year long we were capable of playing. We came out (last night), and we were scared.”

Offensively, the team only had four hits and were struck out nine times in 24 at bats. In the field, the team committed five errors and gave up three unearned runs. Cardinal pitchers had six walks and one hit batter, which allowed for five of what assistant coach Mr. Mike Klopfenstein calls gift runs. These are runs that are scored by batters who were walked or hit by a pitch.

According to Whitlock, the team didn’t play with heart last night. He says that the team didn’t man up at any time because the team had sucumbed to pressure before the game even started. On defense, he says that the team didn’t attack the ball. On offense, Whitlock says that the team didn’t string hits together and didn’t bring aggression to the plate.

“We played the best game all year Monday, but I would say that this was the worst game we’ve played all season,” Whitlock said. “It’s the game I’ve been the most disappointed in the team all season. It was a Jekyll and Hyde experience between the two different games.”