Baseball loses close games, prepares for District play

By Jacob Chavarria

Slatonite Correspondent

The Slaton Tiger baseball team played two of their last three non-District games last week before the start of District play. In both contests, the Tigers fell short.

Coach Dilon Chancellor’s ball club fell to the Littlefield Wildcats on the road by a score of 9-6 on Tuesday evening (March 16). To wrap up the week on Saturday (March 22), the Tigers saw another close game fall short when the Lamesa Tornadoes defeated the Tigers 5-4.

In the loss to the Wildcats, Littlefield got out to an early 5-1 lead with the help of their ace going up against the Tiger offense. Slaton was able to respond and towards the later innings of the contest  had a chance to bring in some runs. They had bases loaded with no outs and had the chance to gain a lead but were unsuccessful in getting those runners across.

Against Lamesa, the offensive struggles continued to haunt Slaton. They were unable to produce behind the arms of Zephron Ortiz and Trent Wright who gave up a combined five runs.

Chancellor touched on the performance of his pitching staff and offensively how the Tigers performed.

“Anytime they can keep a team to five runs or less we should be able to produce offensively to give us a chance to win a game. The timely hitting wasn’t there and we didn’t produce on the offensive side for our pitching staff,” he said.

Before the start of District play, Slaton will host Trinity Christian on Tuesday (March 23). Saturday (March 27) the Tigers will open up District against Shallowater at home.

With one more game before taking on the Mustangs, Chancellor isn’t looking for anything specific in the contest against Trinity, but he did touch on a few details for this game and for the District opener.

“Just how high can we get our confidence leading into District play. Mainly keeping the guys healthy and fresh and be ready to go when Saturday hits,” he said. “But most importantly when Saturday hits at noon, that’s when we got to be ready to go and strapped up. I think the guys know they are focused and locked in on the task at hand.”

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