ATLANTIC — It was just one of those nights for the Atlantic baseball team.
Nothing seemed to go their way Monday night on the Trojans’ home diamond against Council Bluffs Lewis Central.
An out trying to take home, a call at second base that took away momentum and an out trying to stretch a double into a triple were key examples.
But, as coach Joe Brummer noted after the 7-1 loss to the Titans, the team still persevered and played through the miscues and other things that didn’t go their way.
“Kids played well and played tough,” he said. “There was some resiliency there that they persevered through and I’m happy with the kids.
“We had a couple of errors but we were pretty sound. We just had that one inning again.”
That inning was the top of the sixth, where the Trojans — after their offensive plays didn’t go their way — had two miscues that led to three Titan runs.
The Trojans probably deserve credit for attacking at the plate, and making things happen. Things just didn’t pan out as they’d hoped.
One example came in the top of the third, when Grant Sturm overran second on the force out attempt and called out on what was ruled an illegal slide, helping kill a potential rally.
In the fifth inning, Colin Mullenix send a huge liner to the right field fence and went for a double, but he tried to stretch it into a triple as the Titans teamed for the 9-4-5 out at third. It was the second time he was called out on the bases, the first time coming in the bottom of the first when he tried to tie the game but was tagged out at home to end the inning.
In between, Gunner Kirchhoff scored the Trojans’ lone run with two out in the bottom of the fourth, after Titan pitcher Bryson Sharon couldn’t field Nate Behrends’ hopper to the mound.
The Trojans will now try to regroup as they host Denison-Schleswig tonight. It will be the first Hawkeye Ten rematch of the season, as the Monarchs won the May 31 meeting 10-0.
“We’ll be pitching Brody to start the game,” said Brummer. “We hope we can get out there and attack with the bats and hit the ball better.”