Slaton fell to Abernathy on Saturday 8-0, in a game where the Tigers never seemed to find any consistency at the plate or on the mound.
The game was deadlocked after one inning with both teams failing to score in the first. Abernathy was able to gain a lead in the second inning however, scoring off a wild pitch to take a 1-0 lead over the Tigers.
The Antelopes scored twice more on wild pitches, once in the third and once in the fourth, to take a 3-0 lead after four innings.
“Inconsistency has been a problem. One game the team plays lights out and the next you can’t get it out of them. That goes for me just as much as the team, I have to do a better job as well,” Slaton Head Coach Dilon Chancellor said.
Slaton continued to struggle in the fifth, giving up four runs in the inning and failing to score. Giving Abernathy a 7-0 lead after five.
“We had a lack of competitiveness today, we need to compete better as a team. That is something coaches are going to preach and something we are going to work on.”
Both teams failed to score in the sixth before Abernathy tacked on another run in the seventh, with the Antelopes completing the shutout in the bottom of the inning.
The Tigers also lost Monday to Brownfield 9-2. The two losses dropped Slaton to sixth place in district with a district record of 2-5.
The Tigers next game will be on Saturday (April 6) against Littlefield.
“These guys are going to come out here every day and work. If we don’t grab this season by the reigns now, then this team won’t meet the expectations we gave ourselves at the beginning of the year,” Chancellor said.
“We have to stay true to who we are, and everything will take care of itself. This team can still have a successful season, and that starts with bringing the right attitude every day.”