“It was a fairly close game for a while,” said Twin Valley coach Jeff Putnam. “We just made a bunch of mistakes.”
Proctor’s pitcher had control problems, which helped Twin Valley keep pace in the game. At the end of the third inning, the Wildcats trailed by only a run, 9-8.
But eventually errors and erratic pitching were the Wildcats’ undoing.
“We made some mistakes running on the basepaths,” said Putnam. “We don’t have an overpowering pitcher, and we walk too many.”
For emphasis, Putnam singled out the first inning, where walks and fielding errors spotted the Phantoms seven runs. “They got a runner on base, got a hit, then hit a liner to short. We didn’t catch the ball. We could have been out of it with two runs. You can’t give teams extra outs, especially good teams.”
Putnam also said his young team, with six ninth-graders, is still missing that ability to get the key hit.
“We keep running into that same situation. We’ll have the bases loaded, and the bottom three or four batters get in there and look like a statue, or they don’t have a good swing on the ball.”
Monday’s loss, coupled with the Wildcats’ 34-0 loss to Green Mountain on Thursday, May 4, dropped their record to 0-5. Next up are back-to-back games with 6-2 Mill River. On Thursday the Wildcats will travel to North Clarendon, and on Friday Mill River will visit Whitingham. Games times are 4:30 pm.