While most baseball teams used spring break to play in tournaments, North Central was forced to settle for a pair of practices.
The 10-day span of not having played against an opponent came back to haunt the Knights which fell to host Lewisville, 8-2, in a non-region game played Monday night in Richburg.
Robbie Cash’s visiting troops trailed, 8-0, after the Lions scored six times in the fourth inning. The guests, who were out-hit by LHS by a 9-5 count, scored both their runs in the sixth inning.
Cash said the long layoff did nothing to help his team. He was quick to add that this will not be the case next season as he will look for a tournament, close to home, which his team might be able to play in.
"We did not play a game over spring break and it showed," he said. "We came out flat and we didn’t play well. We had two practices last week but you can’t simulate playing in a live game in practice.
"Lewisville was coming off playing four games in a tournament last week against some good competition."
Playing minus senior pitcher/first baseman John Bowers, NC was forced to make changes to its lineup and the guests struggled with a pair of errors which led to two first inning Lewisville runs which came without a base hit. The Lions tacked on six more runs, on five hits, in the fourth to help put this game out of reach.
The Knights would not go down quietly as they scored twice in the sixth as a Stephen Barrett double was followed by Tyler Bowers’ double to put runners on second and third. Barrett scored by stealing home as Bowers moved to third base. Bowers came across on Cam Holley’s ground ball out.
"Toward the end of the game," Cash said, "we had some better swings against a quality Lewisville pitcher. But defensively, we didn’t make the routine plays. We were rusty in this game and, it showed. We will find a tournament to play in next season."
Barrett and Bowers collected a pair of hits each while Alex Tarlton added a double. Pitching-wise, Bowers went the first four innings before giving way to Chase Stephens who worked the final two frames.
Schedule update:North Central is scheduled to host Camden Military Academy tonight in a 6 p.m. start in a game designated as Senior Night in Boonetown.
With the potential for heavy rain and thunderstorms looming for later in the week and into the weekend, Cash said a change in playing date could be made to Friday’s home game with Region 4-AA leader and fourth-ranked Buford, which has been deemed Military Appreciation Night with a benefit fish fry being part of the evening. The junior varsity contest is set for a 5 p.m. start with the varsity game on tap for 7 p.m.
In the event that the threat of rain and bad weather might postpone the contest and force the game to be moved to Thursday, fans may find out the status of the contest by logging into knightsathletics.net or the NCHS Website located at nch.kcsdschools.com.
Cash said a decision as to whether or not to move the game will be made by 3 p.m. Wednesday.