The postgame huddle is a place full of emotions. At first, everyone is mad because in the 6th inning, a nasty, two strike curveball to the 9-hole hitter is scraped off the dirt and softly bloops behind third base scoring two runs, almost like a pitching wedge would hit a golf ball in a sand trap. Everyone is upset for their teammate and 3-hole hitter who went down with a knee injury in the first inning. Everyone is aggravated, because after hitting dozens of balls in practice, every hard hit ball went directly where a fielder was standing.
On the other hand, after encouragement and one of those patented postgame talks by Coach Tim Brown, the mood in the huddle quickly turns to optimism. Everyone is thrilled for Sophomore Casey Hagaman, who pitched 4 big innings, only giving up 2 hits and tallying 4 strikeouts. Everyone is overjoyed for senior-leader, Ryan Hines, who after a series of bad luck, came up with a big, two-RBI hit in the gap when the team needed it most.
In the huddle, you realize that a tough, non-conference game is building the foundation for later in the season, that eventually the hard hit balls will find the gap,and the bloops behind third base will eventually have some air under it and routintely caught in the infield.
Gaston Christian (1-3) continues to work hard and push forward with two games next week.