Loras looks to balance offense, defense
The Duhawk baseball team fell to Coe in a pair of double-headers this last weekend, April 15 and 16, at Petrakis Park, adding to their existing losing streak after facing defeat against the UD Spartans early last week.
Their streaky play of late has led to frustration on the field, bench and coaches’ offices.
“We’re not getting everything together at once,” said head coach Carl Tebon. “Whether we have the hitting one day, we don’t have the pitching the next.”
In the opening game against the Spartans, the Duhawks went down early without a rally until the seventh inning where they loaded the bases but couldn’t convert. The battle evened out in the second game until the fourth inning where the UD pushed ahead with neither an offensive or defensive response from the Duhawks.
“We played well enough to win,” said Tebon. “It’s frustrating, but it’s one of those things where we just have to keep playing.”
Back on their home field, Loras then fell to the Kohawks in a four-game series, bring their record to 8-16, 2-8 in conference. In the opening game, the Duhawks were able to hold a 4-2 lead until the sixth inning where senior Patrick Walsh gave up 6 earned runs before being relieved by sophomore Patrick “Mo” Moriarty who, in turn, gave up another two resulting in the 5-10 loss despite great offensive efforts by first-year Austin Konagel, junior Nolan Ritter, and senior Lucas Jacque. The second game bode worse with a score of 0-5 after the second inning, ultimately falling 3-8.
Seeing a pattern, Tebon said that the Duhawk tendency is to play really well for four innings and then having one where you “shoot yourself in the foot”; a dangerous habit this late in the season where “you don’t have time to reload or change things.”
Game three and four proved to be an offensive surge for the Duhawks in the final two of the series. Sophomore Ryan Koester logged 5 RBIs as well as two home runs, junior Tommy Johnson had a key double and four RBIs, and Konagel and freshman Danny Puluch both had strategic walks.
With few games left in the season, pressure is put not only on the seniors to perform but the young talent as well
“We need them to continue to play well for us to break out of this (losing streak),” said Tebon.
Despite the fallen series, Tebon remains optimistic towards the end of the season
“We have an opportunity to make the tournament; we have to play really well here at the end. Our conference is very competitive top to bottom.”