It’s only the third game of the season, but there is cause for concern with the New Prague baseball team. A lack of control on the mound, anemic hitting and a 12-1 loss to Red Wing in five innings Thursday night.
With the loss the Trojans drop to 0-3 on the season leaving Manger Tom Wetschka looking for answers.
Through 3 games this season New Prague hitters have only been able connect 10 times, accounting for three runs. New Prague pitching has given up 25 runs on 24 hits. The problem appears to be pretty straight forward. Hit the ball more,
“We have to make sure we’re doing, fundamentally, the right things in order to basically do damage control. You don’t want to give up all those runs and ultimately it’s the pitcher’s responsibility to throw strikes and the fielders to make plays.”
In Thursday night’s loss to Red Wing, New Prague fell victim to a pair of five run innings despite getting early outs. In both instances, the Trojans were able to get the first out but once some adversity hit, the defense and pitching collapsed.
“It’s not easy going out there throwing strikes but you have to maintain your composure,” says Wetschka, “Defensively, we have to help our pitchers out. We cannot afford to have multiple error games and give runners bases. We just can’t.”
Winger Junior Outfielder Ryan Boldt finished with five RBI on a two home run night. A three run shot to straight away center off starter Joe Lehman in the 2nd and a two run homer in the fifth off of reliever Brok Schwartzkopf.
New Prague pitching will be tested once again this week with a double header on Saturday in Willmar. Then it’s back to the gauntlet next week with games on Tuesday and Thursday along with a Mankato Invitational over the weekend.
The team ran poles (running from foul pole to foul pole along the outfield fence) after Thursday night’s loss. The team then got together in left field for a meeting, speaking for about 5 minutes. The Trojan coaching staff says that Coach Wetschka doesn’t really ever get too heated, but the visibly frustrated manager admitted he wasn’t happy talking to his players.
Losing 12-1 isn’t fun, however the team should be more worried about the 24-3 score after three games.