One of the pleasant surprises this season has been the play of the C-Team made up of freshmen and sophomores. They have been on a tear winning five of their last seven games and coming within just a run of winning two more.
Their season started with two incredibly close games at Oak Park and at Truman, followed up with a 4-2 loss to Winnetonka. Three games lost by four runs.
But then the Hornets traveled to Lathrop and two both ends of a double-header and managed to rattle off five victories in their last seven games including a take down shutout of Kearney 7-0 at Kearney.
Coach Zach Anderson, in his first season, has been pleased with not only the outcome, but also the effort of his young squad. “The thing that I am most impressed about is their competitiveness and how much heart they have. Being in every game until the very last out shows how much they care about competing.”
The Hornets have been getting the job done in all three phases as well. High scoring and well pitched, with a healthy dose of speed mixed in. That plays well as the fence-less Macken 2 and is going to set the tone for the years to come.
As with anything, there are opportunities for improvement. They lost to Smithville 23-8 on Wednesday in a game that echoed the varsity game with cascading errors and ineffective pitching.
“I think the only thing we need to work on as a team is picking each other up and looking after each other. Whether that is off the field or off, they need to learn how to push each other to be the best they can be as a student and an athlete,” Coach Anderson added.
Getting in on the ground floor with not only the baseball fundamentals, but also the culture of #NorthtownWINS is key for this small group of underclassmen.
Congrats to the C-Team and keep up the great work.