A frantic fifth
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — The common trend in losses for Westville’s baseball team this season has been allowing opponents to bust games open offensively, whether it be their own doing or a lack of playmaking on the defensive side.
That ugly issue reared its head on a weird day of sunshine and rainfall at Senator Park during the Blackhawks’ semifinal Saturday when Kouts plated eight runs on just four hits, two of them coming off the bat of Mustangs catcher Will Carpenter, in a 10-0 six-inning rout to end Westville’s season.
“It’s been like that all year for us,” coach Chris Piasky said after his team bowed out of the state tournament. “Any time we lose, it’s always one inning. It’s a 1-0 game and they put an eight-spot on us. It wasn’t just them. They did hit the ball well, but we made a lot of mental mistakes. Pitchers weren’t throwing strikes, Brayden (Qualkenbush) wasn’t getting some calls I thought he should’ve got. Obviously, that can dictate a lot and to add to everything, we weren’t hitting the ball and they did.”