Baseball’s Offensive Struggle Continues

Kiel Messinger, Staff Writer 

Baseball narrowly lost 1-3 to Northwood, placing the team in last place in league. The game took place on March 19, and marked the teams fifth consecutive loss.
“We attacked with a run early but out bats haven’t come alive for us early on in the season and we left a lot of baserunners on,” senior Jose Rodriguez said.
The team scored in the bottom of the first inning, with junior Jackson LoBianco driving in senior Jacob Carroll for an early run. However, this would not be enough, as Northwood scored twice in the first inning, as well as once in the fifth.
“If we took away the first inning, it would’ve been a different story… it was definitely a winnable game,” sophomore Noah Sperling said.
Sperling contributed two hits to the team’s efforts. However, despite the contributions, the team’s offense continued to struggle, as they have scored just one run in their last three games.
We’re simply not aggressive enough at the plate, and when we do get hits, that guy usually gets stranded on base… It will come with time,” Sperling said.
Though the team had difficulty scoring, they were able to turn things around defensively.

“We got a quality start from [senior] Brad Hodges, and he really competed for us on the mound,” Rodriguez said.
Hodges pitched 5.1 innings, allowing only three hits and one earned run, while striking out six.
Another positive from the game was the team’s morale.
“We turned around our morale issues. The team was loud the entire game, as we had a few big innings. Our pitchers excelled too,” sophomore Alex Qu said.
Though the result was not what the Trojans were hoping for, the overall performance leaves room for optimism.
“It was a major improvement from weeks prior. We are starting to gel as a team. We are eager to make a big push in the second half,” senior Ryan Miller said.
The team hopes to show this improvement in their next game against Portola on March 26.