DANVILLE — To quote Bull Durham, “this is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.”
Despite eminent threats in the forecast, it didn’t rain on Sunday at Danville Stadium, and the Danville Area Community College Jaguars were able to complete both of their scheduled games against conference rival Parkland College.
The Jaguars threw and caught the ball with relative ease committing only one error in 14 innings. And at times, they hit the ball. It just wasn’t always as timely as they needed.
Unfortunately, the timely hitting didn’t come until late in Game 2, and the Jaguars split the doubleheader — and the weekend series — with the Cobras.
DACC dropped the first game 5-3 after leaving 10 runners stranded with seven in scoring position. In Game 2, they cut their strikeouts in half and bounced back for a 4-1 win.
The Jaguars struck out 11 times in the opener and left seven of the 10 on base in the final three frames. Perhaps most frustrating was ending the game with the bases loaded, trailing by two.
“It’s kind of been that way,” DACC head coach Tim Bunton said. “We can’t get the two-out hit. I think (Nick) Barrientos had one today, but we don’t get the next one. It’s like we get one run and then we leave them out there. I think teams go through it. In Carolina, we swung the bats really well with men in scoring position and two outs. You’re also facing some pretty good arms. I think the pitching has something to do with that.
“It’s frustrating,” he continued. “I think we can cut down on strike outs. I think we’re striking out too much. Good arms or not, we probably have to do a better job of competing with two strikes and put it in play.”