The PBA Varsity team wrapped up their opening trip to Las Vegas over the weekend. Unfortunately, the boys did not have a lot of success, ending the trip 0-8. With four games against Southern Nevada and two games against Salt Lake City, it was always going to be tough to pick up multiple wins, but the coaching staff had high expectations and were disappointed with the outcome of the week. The team will have Monday off and be back at Lloyd Nolan Yard on Tuesday for a hard week of practice as they look to build some confidence with four more games this weekend.
The Las Vegas trip is always a tough test, the coaching staff prefers it this way. It is understood that the boys have to play extremely well and limit their mistakes to win ball games against these teams who have been outside since returning from the Christmas break. The biggest issue over the week was taking care of the baseball. There were far too many errors in important situations that ended up snowballing into big innings. If the team can limit those mistakes moving forward they should be in a lot more ball games.
Coach Hubka was disappointed with how the week played out, but did have this to say about the first road trip:
“We started out the trip like we’ve never played baseball before. As the week went on the guys started to relax a little and started playing better. Our defense was the biggest issue and we will definitely be focusing on it a lot this week during practice. The pitching staff overall, was not bad over the week. We still need to throw more strike one, but we are heading in the right direction on the bump. Our hitters have taken some time to get settled in, it doesn’t help seeing 95mph with three off-speed pitches for strikes in our second game of the year. The hitting is going to come, and the team is going to get this tough start turned around. We have 15 freshman on this team and we knew there would be a learning curve with some of them. All we can do is commit to getting better and competing our butts off this upcoming weekend.”
The boys will be back in action against Blue Mountain CC and Walla Walla CC this weekend and have the following weekend off. To see the complete 2020 PBA Varsity schedule please click HERE.
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