Wellington School baseball coach Craig Jones knows his team is capable of playing better, and that belief is not lost on his players.

Wellington School baseball coach Craig Jones knows his team is capable of playing better, and that belief is not lost on his players.

"The guys all know we can perform better," said Jones, whose team was 2-9 entering the week. "And we believe it will happen. But we have to take responsibility for the things we're not doing."

The Jaguars have been hurt by mistakes, both offensively and defensively. Through 10 games, they had committed 68 errors in the field and had struck out 73 times and stranded 40 base runners.

"We've been giving teams extra outs," Jones said.

"We know what we're doing wrong, but we haven't had the opportunity to correct it."

Wellington has struggled with a demanding schedule and the weather. The Jaguars had an outdoor practice on April 18 for only the second time this season. Jones thought he was going to get some extra practice time in when he scheduled a training trip down to Orlando, Fla., for spring break, but his team ran into the weather problems in Florida as well.

Wellington lost to Orangeburg (S.C.) Preparatory School 13-1 on March 31 and lost to Minong (Wis.) Northwood 24-5 and New York (N.Y.) Dalton School 12-1 on April 1 before it held its first outdoor practice.

The Jaguars also have had a hard time getting in their games against fellow Division IV opponents. The first game they played against such an opponent was their 3-1 win over Granville Christian on April 21. The weather wiped out a doubleheader against Shekinah Christian on April 23 as well as a doubleheader with Madison Christian on April 16 and a game against Fisher Catholic on April 5.

Starting with a game against Tree of Life on April 26, the Jaguars are scheduled to face a Division IV opponent in five of their last eight regular-season games.

"That's somewhat by design," Jones said. "I like (the players) to play up against some good, competitive teams (in higher divisions).

"I think the biggest positive for us has been our attitude as a team. While it has been a rough start, no one is giving up on the season or starting to doubt that we can't turn it around."

•Softball coach Randy Saxour thought his program had a pivotal moment in a 13-8 come-from-behind win over Grandview on April 13.

However, entering the week, the Jaguars hadn't played since that win.

"You worry about your team getting rusty," Saxour said. "There's only so much you can do inside the gym. All we did (April 20) was hit. It gets pretty boring."

Against Grandview, the Jaguars rallied from an 8-0 deficit, scoring six runs in the fifth inning and seven runs in the sixth.

Junior Andrea Flowers hit a bases-loaded double that scored three runs and freshman Gabi Smith hit a two-run single to lead Wellington.

"We were two runs away from being run-ruled and came back to win," Saxour said. "I called the team together and said, 'If you want to play like a softball team, we can win. Or we can play as individuals and continue giving up eight runs.' They played like they knew how to play."