Quinn Ewell knows that his team is getting better. As the head baseball coach for the White Pine High School Bobcat baseball team, he’s already seen huge improvement having won more games in conference play than the team did all of last year. But he also knows that for each step his team takes towards becoming a post-season contender, there are going to growing pains as well.
The Bobcats (5-3) in league play) got to experience a bit of both on Friday in their split double-header against Mountain View Christian Academy (3-3), winning the first game 9-3 with a rallied comeback in the fifth and suffering a blowout 21-4 loss.
But despite the defeat, Ewell saw something in his team in that first game that gives him hope that they can score some upsets over the next two weekends, where the team will play “the toughest two teams on the schedule” in Needles and Lincoln.
“We are going up against the top two teams in our conference over the next two weeks so to see that fight in them in game one was really good to see,” Ewell said.
While the Bobcats’ hitting game was ultimately what secured the comeback, Ewell pointed out the continued strong pitching efforts by his two best players on the mound, Kade and Colton Britton.
“Those two guys are setting the standard for the rest of our pitchers. We know that they will go up there and throw strikes. Now we’ve just been trying to get better in practice about keeping their arms fresh and not having them wear themselves out before games,” the coach said.
The Bobcats will host Needles (5-3) on Friday in a double-header that will also serve as senior day for the team. The Bobcats could advance to second in the Division III Southern Conference with wins over the Mustangs.
“I’ve expressed to the team that these aren’t going to be easy games, they are going to be dogfights. You have to fight until the very end and you can’t let yourselves get down if they get an early lead, that what I’ve been telling them in practice this week,” Ewell said.
The Bobcats will finish their regular season schedule on May 1 at Lincoln High School.