By Garrett Estrada
Ely Times Staff Writer
All it took was one bad inning. After what White Pine High School baseball coach Quinn Ewell called a “mental breakdown” in his team’s back-to-back losses against North Tahoe two weeks ago, it looked like the team had recovered its poise against Pershing County.
In the Bobcats tightly contested game against the Mustangs on Friday, all it took was a few mistakes in one inning.
“It was a tight game. We committed two errors and that ended up being the difference,” Ewell said.
Leading the Mustangs 1-0, the Bobcats allowed two unearned runs on the errors in the sixth inning and were unable to recover, losing the game 2-1. According to assistant coach James Williams, the team was unable to regain their composure for their second game against the Mustangs on Saturday, coming out flat even before the game started.
“We were just not offensively there this weekend,” Williams said, noting that 10 of the team’s outs came via their batters striking out on Saturday, which resulted in a 10-0 loss in the fifth inning.
Ewell chalked up Saturday’s blowout loss to a combination of the team’s continued struggle to score, mixed with pitching problems and some lucky breaks for the opposing team.
“We had some balls that broke away from our outfielders that usually would have been an out, so that made a difference but our hitting is still the big problem,” Ewell said.
The team has only scored two runs total in their last four games, while their defense has allowed 42 runs. The exception has been AJ Watt, who found success at the plate over the weekend with three singles, a triple and the sole run scored by the team against Pershing.
“This was probably his best weekend. He was a real highlight for us,” Williams said.
Ewell said that hitting was going to be a major emphasis in practice all week as the Bobcats prepare for their next home double header against Battle Mountain on Friday at 11 am. and 1 p.m.