Sunday, April 7, 2013
North Augusta High School's varsity baseball team split the week that was against two region foes, but also suffered a second loss in tournament play.
The Jackets (6-8, 3-4 Region 5-AAAA) beat White Knoll 6-5 and fell to South Aiken 2-0. North Augusta then traveled to Gilbert and faced off with Airport, who won 4-3. The team currently sits in fourth place in the region, ahead of Aiken and White Knoll.
A game that was scheduled for Monday against Gilbert was rained out. The team will look to bounce back in a game that was to have happened on Tuesday against Jefferson Davis.
Right now the team's play has left assistant coach Victor Radcliff scratching his head.
"We played really well Tuesday night and up to our potential against White Knoll," he said. "Going into the season we knew we were going to be able to hit the ball well, and we thought we had enough pitching for us to be successful. Our defense hasn't been as good as we need it to be for us to win. We haven't hit the ball to our potential for the most part this season. We didn't hit Friday (against South Aiken) or Saturday (against Airport)."
In the win against White Knoll, Jake Nelson threw a complete eight innings and recorded 17 strikeouts. Drew Huskey went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. Corbin Lutier had two hits, two RBIs and a run and Russell Scaggs also had two hits with a run and RBI.
Currently the region stacks up with Lexington and South Aiken at the top. Dutch Fork sits in third, while North Augusta and White Knoll follow right behind. If the Jackets are to make the playoffs, they will need to start playing up to some of the potential that Radcliff and his father, head coach Vic Radcliff, have talked about.
"We have a good offensive team, we're just waiting for our kids to get going," Victor Radcliff said. "They're pressing a little hard, and they know that they have potential to be a very good team. We started off the season pretty good and with a lot of confidence. They were hitting like they were supposed to. Then when they started not having success they started pressing harder and that doesn't equal success. You can't add extra pressure to yourself and think you're going to get anything positive out of it."We're waiting for them to relax and get their confidence back. When they do, and I think we will still make the playoffs, they will get it back in enough time. As in Major League Baseball, that wild card team that gets in is usually playing its best baseball. So hopefully that will be our case."