Washington held to just one hit in lossPublished 11:03am Saturday, March 29, 2014
Any baseball enthusiast who watches the Pam Pack knows the team is well coached. Washington’s rotation, led by senior hurler Patrick Thompson, keeps the team in virtually every contest early on, and even the lineup hits the ball hard from time-to-time.
So, what’s wrong with the Pam Pack?
On Friday, that question was answered in the team’s 5-0 loss to Farmville Central.
“Defensively, we take ground balls, we work on defensive coverages everyday … I’m at a loss right now a little bit,” said manager Ryan Whitney. “We just have to keep doing the basic fundamental things that we have done. That’s where we’re really making our mistakes.”
It was the Pam Pack’s poor defense and inability to string together multiple base runners in an inning that plagued the team in its sixth loss of the season. Thompson shutdown the Jaguars through the first three innings, allowing just two base runners, but Farmville’s Adam Harrell proved to be the best player on the field Friday evening.
Harrell fanned five Pam Pack hitters in the first three innings, and continued to keep the ball low in the zone throughout the night. The Jaguars’ infield helped their ace by making every routine play.
For Washington, Thompson performed similarly to his counterpart, but the Pam Pack defense made the routine look strenuous. The Pam Pack ace allowed three hits in the fourth, but escaped, leaving two runners on and surrendering just one run.
While Thompson continued to pitch the defense out of jams, the Pam Pack failed to get anything going offensively off Harrell.
“We’re taking more swings and we’ve ever taken,” Whitney said. “We’re not getting production out of our seniors right now. Unfortunately, it starts with them and filters down. We’re not getting much production throughout the lineup, and it’s a shame because Patrick obviously threw well tonight. He’s done it several times.”
Thompson pitched six-plus innings of seven-hit ball and was responsible for three runs. However, due to a collection of errors in the field, just one of those runs was earned.
The Jaguars’ Harrell threw six innings, walking four and allowing just one hit. He also notched six strikeouts.
Washington will look to improve its defense and get the offense going against Beddingfield on Tuesday.