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Falcons get tune up in Myrtle Beach

April 5, 2018
Nik Zirounis , The Town Crier

While a lot of schools in the area had to await the start of its baseball season due to bad weather, Fitch's baseball team was able to get the year rolling in Myrtle Beach.

The Falcons played in the annual Mingo Bay Baseball Classic during the week of March 26 and, although they finished the tournament with a losing record, they were able to discover some things about themselves that will help them improve in future contests. Most importantly, the Falcons were able to get a jump-start on some of their All American Red Tier adversaries that have been watching the wintry mix of rain and snow.

"I feel the trip was very beneficial to our team," said Fitch second year head coach Joe Paris. "We went down to Myrtle with the mindset of getting a good look at all of our players in as many positions as we could. We did that and, although we went 2-3, we accomplished what we set out to do. I was pleasantly surprised by some of our guys."

The Falcons fell in their first tournament tilt to South Lakes, Virginia 9-1 on March 26. Unfortunately, the losing continued for the local guys when they were edged by another Virginia school 6-5 one day later. A 16-7 setback to Battlefield, Virginia last Wednesday encapsulated the rough time the Falcons' starting staff had in their early matches.

"We had a few good pitching performances, but had a few disappointing ones as well," said Paris. "When the other team gets a rally going we need to stop it with minimal damage."

Fitch's bats did some damage in the final two games played in Myrtle Beach. The Falcons slammed Yorktown, Virginia 12-8 last Thursday, then pounded Mount Vernon, Virginia 15-2 in the final consolation round game on Friday. One would think that all of the offense would have pleased Coach Paris, but he believes there is still enormous room for improvement with his offense.

"Although we scored 40 runs in five games we left too many runners on base," said Paris. "We need to improve our two out hitting. We did hit much better than expected though."

Paris' kids also played well in the field. Aside from one horrendous inning when Fitch committed five errors, the Falcons played fairly clean defense. Staying strong on the diamond will allow the Falcons to win a lot more games than they lose.

"If we can continue playing solid defense we should be tough," said Paris.

Fitch was scheduled to begin local action with two games against Cardinal Mooney on April 4 and 5. The first game will be Fitch's home opener while the following contest will be played at Cene Park. The Falcons will spend the weekend at Lakeview before playing Poland in the first AAC Red Tier home-in-home series of the season next week.



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