Bears slip, lose to West 10-0

First Posted: 5/10/2009

RONDA Mount Airy experienced its most lopsided loss of the season in Saturday nights Northwest 1A tournament semifinal game against West Wilkes, with the Blackhawks walking away with a 10-0 win.
The Granite Bears had trouble both offensively and with controlling the West Wilkes bats.
Mount Airy coach Mack Hodges said his team did not put together its best performance, with West Wilkes clicking on all cylinders.
They hit the ball hard and they worked the counts and made our pitchers throw a lot of pitches last night, Hodges said Sunday. They are aggressive, but they are very disciplined. Thats one thing we talk about a lot, but we are still working on that. We have the aggressive part down, but sometimes we are not very disciplined in that approach.
The Bears went from being down just 3-0 in the fifth inning to being down 10-0.
In the fifth inning we came unraveled a little bit, Hodges said. It went from a 3-0 game to 10-0 really quick.
Despite the disappointing loss, Hodges said he thinks the Bears should come away a better team as they head into the state playoffs.
Sometimes you need to be humbled a little bit and definitely last night was humbling, Hodges said. Weve lost games this year, but when we did, they were still close ball games. Last night was the first time we got beat badly. Hopefully we can learn some stuff from it.
Hodges said he is fairly certain the Bears will take on Albemarle in the first round of the playoffs Friday, the Bulldogs being the second seed from the Rocky River Conference.

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