First Posted: 8/10/2009
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. Its hard to run the bases when you shoot yourself in the foot.
The East Surry/Mount Airy Junior Little League baseball team suffered its first loss of the season Monday, falling to Florida, 4-3, in Pool A play of the Southeastern Conference tournament. The problem, coach Randy Sheets said, was miscues on the bases and batters stranding runners in scoring position.
It all boils down to we didnt hit the baseball like we normally do and we sort of shot ourselves in the foot on the bases, Sheets said. We had some base-running mistakes early and throughout the game, which is real uncharacteristic of the way we play.
According to Sheets, runners were stranded in every inning but the sixth, as his team managed six hits. In the seventh inning, Cameron Sheets, who had doubled home a run to bring his team within one, represented the tying run. But the game ended with him on third.
Jeremy Gilley and Sheets had two hits apiece and starting pitcher Sam Harris was solid. For East Surry/Mount Airy (22-1) the loss could provide a chance to reflect, something that wasnt necessary all season long when the team consistently mowed opponents down.
I think in the end, before its all said and done, itll turn out to be a good loss, Sheets said. These kids havent lost a lot, so itll re-focus them, I hope.
Sheets team will face the top team from Pool B play this afternoon at 1:30. Instead of moping about the loss, the team hit the batting cages and went over what went wrong in yesterdays game.
Were going to be fine, Sheets said. I wouldnt want to play us (today).