It didn’t go the Bobcats way on Thursday when the Blue Ridge Middle School baseball team took on Fairview at home and ended up with a final 1-17.
“We started the game well with a great first inning, it ended tied 1-1,” said Volunteer Coach Eli Reece. “Mahalah Stewart drove in Eric Puskarich for our only run. We made some good defensive plays to make it a short inning. We tried out two new pitchers who had never been on the mound before and walked in several of their runs.”
He added that losses like the one on Thursday help make the team stronger and Reece has already seen improvement in the team’s play.
“I saw more patience at the plate,” he said. “This led to them only swinging at quality pitches, which led to more contact when batting. I’ve been impressed with how resilient the kids have been. Despite two tough losses, they continue to keep their heads up and are eager to practice, learn and grow.”
Blue Ridge’s next game is at 4 p.m. at home on March 21 against Cullowhee Valley.
“We learn from every practice and game, so we will hopefully make the improvements needed to win that game,” said Reece.
Blue Ridge will not practice over spring break. If weather permits, they will practice on the field Monday through Wednesday before the game.
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Article by Brian O’Shea
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