The Club Baseball team played two home games against Missouri State University on Friday, Oct. 18 at Jaycee Ballpark. The Gorillas won both games (4-1 and 9-6).
Club Baseball president Drew Roy believes the team played well against Missouri State and was glad to get some of the new team members more experience.
“Overall, the team played very well,” Roy said. “We got to see a lot of young and new guys play the first game and that was a good experience for them to go against Missouri State’s top arm, and they decided to let him throw over 100 pitches, so good experience to see a good starter for that long, something you don’t typically see this early in the year. Lots of guys had hits Friday, and it was good to see both Dylan Londo and Cade Simmons earn saves closing out both games on the mound.”
While Roy was pleased with the wins against Missouri State, he also a few things the team could improve upon before their upcoming matches.
“Something we can work on as a team is making sure we don’t let off the gas and let teams sneak back into games,” Roy said. “(During) game 1, we scored a couple early on and only scratched a few more runs across the rest of the way. (In) game two, we took a 9-1 lead late in the game that was teetering towards being a run rule before some bad luck on the mound turned into a 9-6 game, if the offense puts the game away it’s a 11-1 blow out. Hard to be picky with wins but there’s always little things we can be better at.”
As of right now, Roy is more concerned with getting the newer members more experience and more playing time rather than winning. That being said, winning is always the ideal outcome.
“… Overall, we still aren’t concerned with the outcome but would still like to win, so getting two W’s Friday is absolutely a good thing,” Roy said. “We feel like we’re getting good work across the board and I think after this coming weekend we’ll be ready to put on a show down in Dallas.”
According to Roy, Club Baseball’s next opponent always makes for a competitive game.
“Our next two games are against (the University of) Missouri,” Roy said. “They will be a new conference opponent for us this spring so it will be a good test to see how we’ve progressed this spring. All-time we have a 2-1-1 record against them, so it’s always competitive when we get together with them. Mizzou will provide a great final test for us before we head to Wood Wars in Dallas.”
Club Baseball will go head to head with the University of Missouri in two games on Saturday, Oct. 26. After that, the Gorillas are off to the Wood Wars tournament in Dallas from Friday, Nov. 1 to Saturday, Nov. 2.