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Connie Mack 16U bats have gone cold, pitchers struggling

The Trojans Connie Mack had a rough doubleheader last Thursday and was swept by Foothill, 10-2 and 11-2. The team fell to 1-4.

The Trojans seemed to make mistakes that young teams make, like not throwing to the right base or just dropping the ball. Coach Brian Hayes said it was an uphill battle in all aspects of the game.

“Our pitchers had trouble getting ahead, which led to too many walks (13 ) and a lot of base hits (30),” he said.

He said defensively the kids made a dozen mental errors and another half dozen physical mistakes. The coach said the hitting is suffering from not being aggressive at the plate.

“We are very timid at the plate and struck out 25 times,” Hayes said. “And it looks as though many of our hitters would rather walk than get their swings in.”

He did say there was a bright spot and that was a younger player stepped up.

“Freshman Brada Costa went 2-3 and eighth grader Willie Lucas finished 3-3 with a double.” Hayes said. “We need some of our sophomores and juniors to step up in the coming weeks.”

The younger 14 U team had a better time with a young Faith Lutheran team. The Trojans swept the Faith Lutheran team 14-1 and 3-1 on Saturday. Hayes said he was pleased with his young team.

“Our pitchers did an excellent job working ahead and throwing strikes,” he said. “Our defense had only a few mental and physical mistakes and our offense racked up 18 hits on the day.”

The 14U team is 2-3. Their next game is Saturday at Boulder City at 5 p.m. The 16U team plays today at Faith Lutheran at 5 p.m.

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