PRC baseball looking to be more consistent

Published 7:00 am Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Pearl River Central Blue Devils’ baseball team sits at 2-1 with the team’s most recent game being a 23-4 drubbing of the Columbia Academy Cougars.

PRC’s season started Feb. 21 against Hancock in a game that required an extra inning before Hancock pulled out the 2-1 win.

The Blue Devils followed up the loss with a bounce back win against Pass Christian 6-0 on Feb. 22, before then taking on Columbia Academy Feb. 24.

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It’s early in the season and Head Coach Neil Walther said his team is still looking to get everything running smoothly.

“There was obviously some good and some bad. I’ve been a little disappointed with the offense, but it’ll come around. You can’t read too much into the first couple of games,” Walther said.

The Blue Devils are experienced since several of the players have been on the varsity squad for years.

However, there are only two seniors on the team, so there are still moments where youth affects the Blue Devils. “The biggest problem you have with young players is inconsistency. You can have really good days, really good weeks and then some bad ones,” Walther said.

There are still 12 more games before the Blue Devils enter district play and Walther said the team would use that time to become more consistent.

Walther said his players are still adjusting to the game’s intensity, but that it won’t be a factor later in the year.

“That stuff will take care of itself. You can practice hard, but you can’t simulate game speed,” Walther said.

PRC will have a couple of days of practice before the next game on Feb. 27 against Biloxi.

Practice sessions will be spent working on skills at the plate and on the field.

“When we struggle offensively, so far this year, it’s because we chase (pitches) out of the zone. We need to let the game come to us and wait to hit a good pitch,” Walther said.

Walther said the team’s youth sometimes contributes to a lack of focus, which then affects the team’s consistency.

As the season progresses Walther will be looking for improvement in that area, especially heading into district play.

“You don’t know which pitch is going to be the big pitch. Sometimes they take a pitch off and you just can’t do that,” Walther said.

The game against Biloxi is a home game and is set to start at 6:30 p.m.