Baseball can be a frustrating game.
Baseball can be a frustrating game.
Take the example of the Olentangy Liberty High School baseball team.
The Patriots have four Division I signees, but have struggled to win four of their last 11 games after an 8-0 start.
"Unlike in football and basketball where you usually win if you have more talent, just about anything can happen in baseball," said coach Matt Lattig, whose team was 12-7 overall and 5-4 in the OCC-Cardinal Division before last Monday.
Lattig points to league losses to Westerville South (1-0 on April 16) and Dublin Jerome (5-4 last Friday).
"We have had our ups and downs. We can go out and have a great effort and still lose," Lattig said. "Josh (Dezse) goes out and throws a three-hitter and loses 1-0 to Westerville South and Tyler (Stage) goes out and throws his butt off against Jerome and (the Celtics) come back and beat us with three runs in the last inning."
Through 19 games, the Patriots were hitting .329 as a team and were led by Michigan-signee Michael O'Neill, who was batting .593 (32 of 54) with eight home runs, 17 RBI and 31 runs. Dezse, an Ohio State signee, had four home runs, 21 RBI and 17 runs.
"Every game that we have lost in the past week or two came down to the little things like getting down a bunt," said Dezse, who had 44 strikeouts on the mound. "It has been more mental errors than physical ones. We've been losing games by one or two runs and we just need to learn small ball and improve the mental part of our game."
In their last three losses, the Patriots lost to South (1-0), Jerome (5-4) and last Saturday to Zanesville (3-2).
"That's why baseball is so much different than football and basketball," said Stage, an Ohio University signee who will play in the Mid-American Conference along with shortstop Zack Michael, a Toledo signee. "All-stars can't dominate games because there are so many elements like weather, pitching, umpires and so many other things. That's why anyone can get beat on any given day."
At a glance
Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Liberty, Olentangy and Orange baseball teams:
*April 21 - Defeated Marysville 11-2
*April 22 - Def. Westerville Central 7-4 in a game postponed from April 16
*Last Friday - Lost to Dublin Jerome 5-4
Last Saturday - Def. Newark Catholic 4-3 and lost to Zanesville 3-2
*Last Monday - Game against Olentangy postponed
*Last Wednesday - Played Westerville North
*Friday - At Dublin Scioto
Saturday - At Gahanna Tournament vs. Gahanna and Pickerington North
*Monday - Home vs. Central
*Wednesday - At Westerville South
May 8 - At Hilliard Davidson
Of note: The Patriots were 12-7 overall and 5-4 in the OCC-Cardinal before last Wednesday.
*April 20 - Lost to South 6-5 in a game postponed from April 16. Justin Kelley had a three-run home run with a single and three RBI.
*April 21 - Lost to Scioto 8-0. Kelley and Tyler McFarland both had one double.
*Last Friday - Lost to Marysville 5-4. Chris Janssen had a double with a single and three RBI and McFarland had two singles and scored one run. Woody Wallace doubled, scored a run and drove in one run and Kenny McCambridge doubled and scored twice.
Last Saturday - Def. Jackson 20-0 in five innings and Def. Buckeye Valley 10-4. Ryan Dubil threw a two-hitter against Jackson to move to 5-1. Wallace had two doubled with two RBI and scored three runs and had a double with two singles, two runs and four RBI. Chad Nugen had three singles with four RBI and scored one run. Against Buckeye Valley, Janssen singled twice with an RBI and Dubil had one triple with two RBI. McCambridge had one double with one single and scored twice.
*Last Monday - Game against Liberty postponed
*Last Wednesday - Played Jerome
*Friday - At Central
*Monday - Home vs. South
*Wednesday - At North
May 7 - Home vs. Pickerington Central
Of note: The Braves were 11-10 overall and 1-8 in the OCC-Cardinal before last Wednesday.
*April 20 - Def. Hilliard Bradley 12-0 in five innings in a game postponed from April 16
*April 21 - Lost to Mount Vernon 7-5
*Last Friday - Def. Big Walnut 8-6
Last Saturday - Def. Centennial 11-0 in five innings and 11-6
*Last Monday - Game against New Albany postponed
Last Tuesday - Played Hilliard Darby
*Last Wednesday - Played Watkins Memorial
*Friday - Home vs. Franklin Heights
*Monday - At Bradley
*Wednesday - Home vs. Delaware
May 6 - Home vs. Highland
Of note: The Pioneers were 11-8 overall before last Tuesday and 5-4 in the OCC-Capital before last Wednesday.