AUDUBON - After finishing the regular season Tuesday night, Audubon baseball will now shift gears to district play.
After falling in a pair of non-conference road games on Monday to Panorama 10-0, and South Central Calhoun 5-4 on Tuesday, Audubon now gets three days to prepare for districts. Though scheduling these tough team right before districts is also a part of how the Wheelers have been preparing for the postseason.
“We schedule these teams at the end of the season for good district preparation,” head coach Sean Birks said. “We learned a little about ourselves and realized some more thing we need to work on here in these three days of practice. It’s better than scheduling a cupcake and developing bad habits to me. Some of our weaknesses were exploited that we need to work on and focus on to keep our season alive. Everyone now is zero and zero, we got things to work on, but we are excited to have an opportunity Saturday against a quality Earlham team.”
Now the Wheelers will head to Anita on Saturday for the district tournament where they will play Earlham. With these three days to the Wheelers make their final adjustments as they look to begin their run.
“We just have to keep cutting down on strikeouts,” Birks said. “We had double digits in those last two nights. So, we got to continue to try to cut down on the strikeouts. That’s bee a big focus in practice. Seeing some live pitching drills here in practice, and I told the guys there was 21 plate appearances and we had only three strikeouts. If we’re striking out at that clip we will be in great shape.”
It’s now win or go home. Junior Jackson Jensen and the Wheelers know each game from here forward will not be easy. However, they also know what has to be done in order to move on from game to game.
“It’s a really big challenge,” Jensen said. “Everyone has to come together as a team, everyone has to buy in and it has to be a team effort. We’re excited for the challenge.”
Audubon will play Earlham in Anita on Saturday at 5 p.m.