Le Mars baseball took another tough doubleheader sweep at the hands of Sioux City East on Thursday night. The Bulldogs dropped game one 12-5 and game two 8-5.
Game one started off on the wrong foot for the Bulldogs as they allowed East to score six runs in the first inning of play. The Bulldogs tried their best to claw back, but the six-run first would ultimately be their downfall. Despite the result, head coach Trent Eckstaine says he likes some of the things he saw in the first game.
In game two, Le Mars had a lead as late as the bottom of the sixth inning when they led 5-4. Cue a four-run sixth for East, and Le Mars found themselves behind the eight-ball once again. Coach Eckstaine says he saw his team get down on themselves and run out of gas during that sixth inning.
After four games, the theme for Le Mars has been their inability to consistently get the results they need at the plate. The Bulldogs have made good contact, but it hasn’t always come at the right time. Some of that is attributable to the youth on the Bulldog roster, and Coach Eckstaine says it will take a mental adjustment for his hitters at the plate to come through when needed.
The Bulldogs will take an 0-4 record to Harlan on Friday night. Coach Eckstaine knows that Harlan will bring a good game as always. He says the key will be getting a good night from his pitching staff to keep them in the game.
East High improves to 4-0 with the win and they will take on Sergeant Bluff-Luton in a doubleheader on Tuesday.