Freshman baseball splits doubleheader with Byron Center due to lack of consistency on defense

On Thursday, the freshman baseball team faced the Byron Center Bulldogs for the second time this season. Once again, they won the first game 7-3 but struggled the second game and lost 9-2. The boys are struggling to fix the main daunting issues they have had to deal with all year long; they made many mistakes on the defensive side because of bad passes and errors. However, on a positive note, FHC’s pitching was something to be proud of.

The first game for the team went pretty well. With good pitching performances from Drew Fortino, Mathew Curtis, and Roman Brummell, the Rangers found a little bit of success on the defensive side. However, in the second game, things fell apart. The Rangers’ had too many issues defensively and couldn’t find their groove on offense, only scoring two runs. There were a few sparks during the game, though, that gave the team hope. Joey Wing had a nice tag out at third in the second inning, which lifted the team’s spirits. But, overall, inconsistent play hurt the Rangers’ chance at victory.

“I think we need to focus more on defense,” Drew said. “We also need to play well for all five innings instead of a few.”

This Friday, the boys play a team they haven’t played yet this season: Grand Haven. Going against an unfamiliar foe, the boys hope to put their poor performances behind them and become a more consistent ball club over the next few games.