By Lukas Eggen Ely Times Staff Writer
The White Pine High School baseball team dropped three games in its season-opening tournament last weekend, falling to Round Mountain (14-4), Laughlin (7-2) and Wells (6-4) at Laughlin. A fourth game was canceled because of weather.
“There were some good things and some not so good things,” coach Jim Sattler said. “We got a chance to look at a lot of kids at different positions and gave us a better idea of who we have who can play where.”
The Bobcats did see, in stretches, solid pitching from Wyatt Williams, Ben Miller and more, but struggled to find consistency finding the strike zone. Coupled with multiple unforced errors and the Bobcats saw opposing teams stretch their leads.
“It was unearned runs (that hurt us),” Sattler said. “It was walks and past balls and mental letdowns here and there. They are things we can correct; it’s just going to take some time. We have young players who are not real familiar with how baseball is supposed to work.”
While errors hurt White Pine, Sattler said the team used the weekend to help in trying to set its outfielders.
“Right now we’re looking at six different outfielders trying to find a good fit for us,” Sattler said. “The infield is pretty set. We have a couple guys behind the plate, we just haven’t decided who is going to be the No. 1 guy yet.”
Despite the losses, Sattler said the team played well when the pitching was on. And senior Tyler Brunson excelled, despite playing in a new position for the first time.
“Tyler has been in the outfield for three years,” Sattler said. “We moved him to the infield this year. He played second base for two games and third base for one game. He was errorless, got five hits and stole about four bases. He had a good tournament. He got on base a lot and he really looked good. I was impressed for moving to a new spot he’s never played before.”
White Pine will be hosting its home opener this Friday and Saturday, when the Bobcats take on Lowry. Games will begin with a double-header on Friday afternoon and one on Saturday.
“Certainly we need to have our pitchers throw more strikes,” Sattler said. “Lowry is a 3A school with a tradition baseball-wise. They’ve got 20 kids on JV and varsity. They’re loaded, so we just need to step it up some.”
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