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Tigers struggle against Mavericks

       

Photo by Cheyenne Abildgaard

Sophomore Collin Mackey takes a lead off of second base in the bottom of the fifth inning of the first game against Maize South yesterday at the EHS baseball complex. "We have a lot of speed on the base paths," he said.

 

            The Tigers dropped a doubleheader yesterday at home against the defending 4A state champs Maize South. They lost 19-9 in the first game and the second game 12-2.

            In the first two innings of the first game, Maize South put up 10 runs on Eisenhower.

            The next two times Eisenhower was up to bat they responded with eight runs, making the game closer.

            The team is young, so seeing more success in the next few years could be likely.

            “We gave the young kids opportunities to see who was going to step up and battle,” head coach Cary Dinkel said. “We saw some things we liked and we saw some things we didn’t like, but it was the young kids who got things going.”

            The team’s offense in the first game was led by a majority of underclassmen, including sophomore Collin Mackey.

            Mackey batted fifth and had multiple hits and RBIs.

            He also started in right field the first game, and was the starting pitcher of the second game where he pitched five innings.

            “We were hitting pretty well last night,” Mackey said. “We need to improve on some defensive stuff and pitching. I think we really improved on our hitting.”

            Junior Wade Reynolds started the game and gave up several runs in his time as pitcher.

            “The little bloops didn’t go our way today and that was about it,” Dinkel said. “I think we competed at a decent level, but we can get better.”

            The Tigers will play a doubleheader against Ark City Friday.

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