There's always tomorrow. That is the mindset of the Eagles after Gaston Christian ventured to Mooresville on a bone-chilling, cold Thursday night to face off against Southlake Christian Academy. In the 11-7 loss, errors plagued the Eagles from the onset, as 7 unearned runs were tallied by Southlake before the conclusion of the first inning. Despite the debacle in the first inning, GCS never gave up and attempted to chip away at the lead. In the third inning, the Eagles were able to put 3 runs on the board by way of walks and a hit, thus cutting into Southlake's lead. GCS was able to tack a few more runs on the board in the 4th inning, before more errors led to Southlake pulling away.
At the plate, the Eagles were led by another mulit-hit performance by junior Kevin Riley, while Grayson Guy and Ethan Revels also came up with a hit in the losing effort. On the mound, Nate Ledford tallied 5 strikeouts in 3 innings, while Kevin Riley and Cody Chapman came in relief and pitched well for the Eagles.
Senior-leader, Ryan Hines, was disappointed in the losing effort; however, he also knew not to let an early season loss affect the rest of the season:
"Our defense has got to play behind our pitchers when they are giving us every chance to get outs", Hines said. "Despite the loss, seeing that we beat ourselves should be a wake-up call for all of us."
Being his third year in the program, Junior Nate Ledford added his experience and perspective to what happened on Thursday night:
"This game showed us what we have ahead of us", Ledford remarked. "You play like you practice, and from now on, each practice should be full of blood, sweat, and tears."
The team knows that there is no time to think on this game for too long with quick-turnaround games on Friday and Monday versus two high-level teams. This was also echoed by freshman Grayson Guy:
"It was a tough game", Guy added. "Our bats were alive, but the errors are what killed us and now we have to put all that behind us with a quick turnaround."
That is the beauty of baseball: There's always tomorrow. Gaston Christian (1-2) now looks forward to getting back on the field to "right the ship" tonight at 6pm at Gaston Christian School.