College Baseball: Locos struggle to score runs
There are no records to be kept for the independent HT Locomotives, but head coach Wes Wrenn is keeping close tabs on how successful they are.
With nine games in the book, the Locos are 4-5, losing their last four. A constant problem for the new team unveiled this season is scoring runs. They have not scored more than four runs in a game, with the best offensive showing of the season coming in a 4-1 win over the Greensboro All-Stars. There have been plenty of base runners to drive home, but too many times they have been stranded on the base paths.
“We just need to figure out how to hit with runners in scoring position,” Wrenn said. “All of our runs seem to come on a wild pitch or passed ball. We have done a great job at mastering the second and third, one out, don't score. We put ourselves in position to score all the time, but then we just do not get runs in. We have got to finish it.”
Colby Keene is a selective hitter that gets a lot of walks and has the highest on-base percentage on the team. East Davidson graduate Tyler Stroup is the team leader in hits, while Billy O'Hara has a lot of pop in his bat. Other than those three, the team is still trying to find consistency at the plate, especially with men in scoring position.
Wrenn says pitching has by far been better than the offense. Adam Bogohsian, Caleb Henley, Chase Saunders and Craig Jacobelli lead the staff.
During the current four-game losing streak, the Locos have been shorthanded with players out of town. Many on the pitching staff have needed to play in the field at positions they are not accustomed to. With everybody now on board for the remainder of the summer, Wrenn expects the team to come together quite nicely.
“With the whole team here we were 4-1 and we were playing solid baseball,” Wrenn said. “I am excited to see how our chemistry builds now that we have everyone back. Once we get a few more games under our belt I think we will know if we are going to be a .500, above .500 or below .500 team. Right now I think we have a good shot at being a solid team.”
The Locos play all of their home games at Finch Field.