A year removed from an 11-19 season and a quick exit in the first round of the postseason has the this year’s squad in similar waters.
Seven games into the 2016-2017 season and the Perry Bluejays have struggled to pick up some momentum as they come in with a 1-6 record.
“We are playing very similar to last year which is very disappointing to me,” Mike Long, Bluejays’ head coach said.
The biggest concern going into this season was pitching, according to Long. The coach was hoping his team would be more consistent throwing strikes, therefore eliminating walks.
Offensively, Long had high hopes for his team’s ability to score runs but that hasn’t been the case with how the team’s bats have responded to pitching.
“We haven’t hit like we can,” Long said. “Our pitching has been inconsistent at best and our knowledge of the game and situations has been very disappointing.”
It is not all doom and gloom for the veteran coach who praised his players fortitude at a time where many other teams would call it quits.
“The kids are working hard everyday in practice to get this turned around,” he said. “Our four seniors are the leaders on our team and so far have done a good job.
In the clubhouse, Perry seniors Andrew Pentecostal, Janier Puente, Adan Medina and Kyle Nevitt continue to work with the underclassmen and help keep the atmosphere positive.
“We’re just trying to get better everyday,” the head coach said.
After recording their first win on May 31 against the host Carroll Tigers, the Bluejays dropped two straight.
At Boone on June 1, the Toreadors blanketed their guests 9-0. The following day at Perry, RRC foe the A-D-M Tigers earned a 11-6 win.
It is still early enough in the season where Long is confident his team can turn things around and put together a string of wins and finish with a successful season.
“A successful season would be finishing in the upper half of the conference and winning our district,” he said.