It has been a tough April for high school baseball teams this year.

Games either have been hard to come by thanks to inclement weather or happening too often because of the rescheduling those same missed games.

The net result is that it has been hard for teams to get in many practices and that lack of practice has made for less than perfect play.

The game between Attica and Seeger, won by the host Ramblers by the score of 5-4, proved as much in the eyes of their respective coaches.

“We put runners on base in almost every inning but most of the time we didn’t drive them home,” said Attica coach P. J. Stoll. “We also didn’t throw strikes late in the game and almost let them back in it. We need to work on things.”

For Seeger coach Brent Rademacher, it was a similar complaint.

“Tyler [Ware] pitched well enough to win. He gave up only three hits, a few walks with seven strikeouts, but we gave them five unearned runs.

“We have to start making plays behind our pitchers; we can’t just expect strikeouts all the time.”

He, too, hopes for improvement, both at the plate and in the field.

“We get to practice tomorrow for the first time in about a week and a half and we need it,” Rademacher said. “We’re not playing the way we’re capable of playing.”

Zach Stewart was the hero for Attica, hitting a bases-loaded double that bounced off the fence cap to drive in three runs.

He also pitched a portion of the final inning in relief when Coltan Stephenson grew wild.

That Stephenson was even in the game at that point was amazing as he took a line drive off the bat of Reed Foxworthy that caught him on the forehead., but after a short break, he continued to pitch, allowing only a couple of runs in the final innings.

Seeger made a late rally, picking up a run in the sixth and one in the seventh and threatening to get even more.

In the seventh inning, Stephenson could not find the plate and threw six straight balls, forcing Stoll to replace him mid-batter with Stewart, who proceeded to walk the batter and hit the next to load the bases.

A sacrifice fly by Ware made it 5-4, but Stewart settled down and struck out the last batter to end the threat.

“You’ve got to say Zach made it interesting,” said Stoll, “But a win is a win, so we’ll take it.”

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