At Friday night’s home opener, the Seahawks battled Godby tough, eventually falling 9-8.
“Defensively we’ve been playing well, but we had a couple mishaps in that Godby, we made a couple errors on routine plays, on pop flies,” said coach Aaron Bodin.
Bodin said the Hawks have committed just three errors in 20 innings, but Friday’s miscues were costly.
In his first start of the season, sophomore Christopher Newell (Soph)
“ He did a good job,” said Bodin. “He was a little shaky, but once he he got his rhythm he pitched outstanding, He gave us what we needed.”
After the roughly 60 or so pitches he was allocated, the coach put in sophomore Tonnor Segree in relief.
Bodin said he was pleased with his team’s standing up to an outstanding Godby pitcher, but he would like to see more run production.
“We had him up to 71 pitches in the game,” Bodin said. “We did a great job making him work until we ran him out of the game. I was pleased at that point.”
Bodin wasn’t raving about the umpiring, but said it appeared to be evenhanded. “Seven of our strikeouts were called third strikes,” he said.” They walked 10 of our guys and hit two. “
After trailing 5-0, the Hawks fought back, with sophomore Ethan Riley smacking a solo homer to left field, and sophomore Micah McLeod, doubling, and advancing on errors, to score a two-run inside-the-park home run.
McLeod, Riley, Newell and junior Chance White each went 1 for 3
The game followed a rainout earlier in the week against FAMU, a game that Bodin said may not be rescheduled. The next FAMU match is slated for April 6 in Tallahassee.
“We’re making positive changes, as kids settle into it,” said Bodin. “Well have some evaluation on talent.”
He said the team missed some golden run-scoring opportunities, including a runner on third with no outs, and the tying run on base with one out in the seventh,, and couldn’t bring them home.
“We got to put the ball in play,” said Bodin. “We got to do a better job, we need to come around defensively.
“I really want to see us moving forward, I want to have better at-bats,” he said. “We’re not finishing the at-bats, but that’s going to come around.”
The team plays at Liberty County tonight.