In a battle against the top ranked team in the state, the OC dropped one to Hamilton 4-1. The Huskies had back to back doubles with 2 outs in the first, then Adam Koski shut them down for 4 straight innings. The Eagles were down 1-0 going into the 6th when the Huskies put up a 3 spot to extend the lead. Barrett Skaugrud hit a 2 out single in the 6th and was driven home by a Colton Kucera knock to break up the shutout. The Eagles only managed 3 hits on the day again Hamilton pitching, while Koski and Levi Meyer scattered 9 hits on the day for the Huskies. The Eagles finish the week with a road game down at Mt. Pointe.
This was a good measuring stick for us. I think we found some things out about ourselves. The good news is that there isn’t a large talent gap between us and the number 1 team in state. We played pretty good, but to beat a team of this caliber we have to play good. We don’t have to play great, but we have to play good. I like that we go toe to toe with these caliber of teams and don’t back down.
Pitching: Koski didn’t have his best stuff but man that heavy sinker he throws on the hands is tough to hit. Levi Meyer came in and got a big out, helped by a tremendous diving play in centerfield from Noah Nithman.
Hitting: Their guy was a guy. So we had to battle and did a pretty good job. We still seemed shocked when an umpires calls strikes 2-3 balls off the plate, but got some big at bats from Kucera with 2 hits and Miller with 2 hits. The bunt always plays no matter who is pitching, so Kolt Kurzman started off the hitting with a drag bunt in the 3rd.
Defense: Our defense was pretty good. Our baseball IQ needs to continue to improve and that will shore up our defense.
Alumni: Got to see an old player early in the week in Brendon Erickson (12) on Tuesday, then Cal Lambert (19) from GCU came out to see the Eagles. Score is Cal 1 Dawson 0. Brought back a good memory of Lambert hitting a grandslam in the first inning in this game last year when we ambushed them at their place.
Pet Peeves: Saw something on twitter the other day about baseball pet peeves so I thought I would start my list- 1. When cars line up 30 minutes before schools out and park beyond our outfield fence as target practice for BP. 2. When teams do PFP’s during their pregame. 3. When students come out to field and ask me for keys to unlock buildings they want to get into.
1st world pet peeves I know…