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Baseball team battles hitting woes

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

As Westland High School baseball coach Dave Daniels feared, inexperience has been getting the better of his team.

The Cougars, who entered the season with only two players who had significant varsity experience in senior Steven Gonzalez (P/OF) and junior Daniel McBee (INF/OF), were 1-10 overall and 0-3 in the OCC-Ohio Division before playing Thomas Worthington on April 18. The contest had been scheduled for April 12 but was postponed because of bad weather.

"I was expecting an inexperienced team and so far we've been playing like that," Daniels said. "We field the ball pretty well. Defense, overall, has been OK. Our pitching has not been bad. A couple bad outings here and there, but, overall, pitching has been all right. We just don't hit. We just have not been threatening enough at the plate. We don't score enough runs to stay competitive."

Westland, which defeated Fisher Catholic 6-5 on April 6, had a .212 team batting average through 10 games. Through 11 games, the Cougars were averaging just 2.2 runs and had been shut out three times.

"There are times when we play when we are solid -- no errors, we field the ball great, we throw the ball great and we hit the ball," Gonzalez said. "But we don't do it consistently. We'll have an inning where it's just terrible and it falls apart and we can't come back from that."

"If we hit the ball, we can be dangerous," Daniels said.

Through nine games, senior Korey Browning (P/INF) was hitting .458 and Gonzalez was batting .333. Sophomore Nolan Lee (P/OF) had the lone win on the mound.

Westland entered play April 18 having been shut out in consecutive games. The Cougars lost to Thomas Worthington 14-0 on April 15 and lost to Hilliard Davidson 5-0 on April 17.

"I knew coming in it was going to be a learning process with a young team," Daniels said.

Softball coach wants players to be focused

Softball coach Mike North wants his players to be focused on improving.

Westland was 0-10 overall and 0-4 in the OCC-Central before playing Upper Arlington on April 18. All 10 losses were by run-rule, meaning the Cougars lost each game by 10 runs or more in fewer than seven full innings.

"They have to want it. You can't will it to them," North said. "Right now, I don't see it. They're too worried about what they're doing after the game than (they) are during the game. I have nobody to lead this team. Everybody is following and nobody is leading. It's a killer."

The Cougars lost to host Dublin Coffman 10-0 in five innings April 17 after losing to visiting Olentangy Liberty 18-2 in five innings April 15. Both games were league contests.

Track teams compete in Panther Invitational

The track and field teams competed in the Panther Invitational on April 12 at Hilliard Darby.

The boys team scored 9.5 points to finish ninth behind champion Davidson (136) as 10 teams scored. The Cougars' highest finish came in the 1,600-meter relay, as Seth Farmer, Connor Scott, Erick Martinez and Giann Martinez placed fourth in 3 minutes, 39.44 seconds.

The girls team finished eighth (1) behind champion Liberty (150) as eight teams scored.

The Cougars' home meet against Briggs on April 16 was postponed because of bad weather.

Boys tennis team off to slow start

The boys tennis team was 0-5 overall and 0-1 in the OCC-Central before playing Davidson on April 18.

The Cougars lost 4-1 to Ready on April 15, with Zach Prak and Bryan Moreno winning 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 at second doubles.

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