Coach Steve Cotrell emphasized his team’s mental game as the biggest hurdle it must overcome during this initial phase of the baseball season.
Commerce lost to Westside Macon 9-8 in 12 innings on Saturday at the Tigers’ home field after bad weather forced a series of schedule changes.
“We just could not finish it on a positive note,” Cotrell said. “We only gave up three earned runs. Our pitchers struck out 24 batters out of the 36 outs made in the game. It was very disappointing to see us play as poorly as we did.”
Cody Streetman batted 2-6 with a home run. Josh Swistak also went 2-6 with a home run. Drew Whitfield went 3-6.
On Monday, the Tigers dominated Towns County at home in CHS’ first region contest.
The result did not satisfy Cotrell, however. He viewed the Tigers’ as playing to the competition rather than the game itself.
“This is the part of the game that we have to drastically improve on if we want to be a good team at the end of the year,” the coach said.
Sam Lewis earned the win, while Josh Swistak and Colton Davis led the team at the plate. Both players went 4-4, with Swistak earning a home run and three RBI and Davis adding another four RBI.