By Jeremy McDonald
JEFFERSON, Ore.– The Gervais baseball team was so close of picking up their first win of the season Tuesday versus Jefferson in just their then-second game of the season.
And, coming out for Wednesday’s rematch, the Cougars and the Lions were toe-to-toe again with the score being tied at one-apiece as it looked as if it was going to be another great finish for the end of the first week of PacWest-play.
Then the third inning happen.
Gervais struggled defensively as Jefferson jumped out to a 9-2 lead entering the fourth inning and the Cougars couldn’t recover.
“It was rough because we made a few mental errors,” said Brett Gieselman. “That’s always been our downfall, just that one inning that kills us. We get the first two outs quick and then we just fall apart after that.”
Gieselman came in for relief in the fourth inning and got one strikeout for Gervais in the 14-2 defeat.
The benefit of playing today is that the Cougars could use the next two days of practice to work upon what to improve on after their first full week of games in general and not just in league since now they see what they need to work on that the rain didn’t allow them to see much of in the preseason.
Senior Derrick Jaramillo said that these next two days will be crucial as they take these lessons and mentally focus up on them in practice.
“We just got to get mentally ready at practice for Colton,” said Derrick Jaramillo. “It’s winnable, every game is winnable. We just got to get mentally ready at practice.”
Gieselman echoed what Jaramillo said in being more mentally prepared and added that they needed that on the offensive end as the
“I think we need to come more mentally prepared on the batting side of the game because our first two games, batting hasn’t been there,” said Gieselman. “Obviously it’s going to take batting to win games.”
SOFTBALL- Through the first four games of the season, the bats of Gervais Softball were something else. Three games were over 10 runs produced (11, 13, and 18) and another game with seven runs to start the season despite a 1-3 record in those games.
But since then, those same bats were only able to produce six runs over the last three, include one in their 14-1 loss to Jefferson Wednesday afternoon on the road as the Lady Cats wrap up the first week of play.
Noami Saalfeld said that it’s just following through with their approach at the plate as they look for that spark once more with Colton coming up on Monday.
“Just really following through, we’re making contact,” said Saalfeld. “But yeah, just really extending and making contact, just getting it out.”
Saalfeld points to how much this week was an eye opener for them in terms of competition around them, but likes how the team is stepping up to the challenge that is in front of them.
“It was really an eye opener, we really definitely have a lot of competition,” said Saalfeld. “But we have a lot of girls stepping up and really talking and coming through in their positions and growing as a team.”
Saalfeld added as well that during the next two days will help them with communicating with one another and their mentality as they prepare for the Vikings (0-2, 0-1 PacWest) on Tuesday.
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