St. Louis Community College head baseball coach Tony Dattoli described the most recent road trip as a downward spiral.
After the Archers dropped three out of four at home to No. 2-ranked Crowder College, STLCC struggled in its four-game series at Mineral Area College (MAC) — a Region XVI opponent.
“The fact that we lost three out of four, I’m not happy with,” Dattoli said. “We did not play our best baseball — we didn’t hit the ball whatsoever. Defense was spotty at times. We didn’t have the best pitching for the first couple of games. We weren’t clicking on any phases of the game, and it kind of caught up to us.”
STLCC was blanked across two games in a doubleheader March 28. In Game 1, MAC pitcher Wayde Roth hurled a complete-game, 9-0 shutout of the Archers. Roth’s teammate, Jeff King, followed up the act with another complete game shutout, 4-0.
“Everybody’s trying to hit a home run it looks like,” Dattoli said. “We’ve got a lot of elevated swings. Nobody’s really settled in and comfortable at the plate right. We’re just trying to do too much.”
The Archers managed to crack the scoreboard in Game 1 of the March 29 doubleheader in Park Hills. However, STLCC came away with another Region XVI loss as they dropped the contest 6-2 to MAC.
STLCC managed to snap its four-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over MAC in Game 2. Sophomore pitcher Dave Mullins (DeSmet) threw a complete game, and sophomore first baseman/outfielder Matt Weiss (Parkway South) launched two home runs.
“I guess in some points, you can find a positive in some of the games, but nonetheless, losing is losing,” Dattoli said. “I kind of talked about it after the Crowder series that there’s no moral victories in baseball — you either won or you lost.”
The road trip puts the Archers in fourth place in Region XVI. The top four in the standings for the Region are:
- Crowder College 26-4 (7-1 in Region XVI)
- Mineral Area College 22-5 (10-2)
- Jefferson College 14-9-1 (6-1-1)
- STLCC 12-14 (6-6)
As the calendar flips to April, the Archers will take a break from Region XVI play with a doubleheader at Southwestern Illinois College (15-9) in Belleville, Ill., at 2 p.m. April 2.
STLCC resumes Region XVI action as the Archers head to Hillsboro, Mo., to face Jefferson College at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 4.
Datolli said the team needs to focus on the mental aspect of its game for the upcoming contests.
“We have to get better between the ears. We have to stop pressing,” Dattoli said. “(The pitching staff is) just starting to feel some pressure in the fact that they’re not getting any run support. We have to get comfortable at the plate and do what we do well, and that’s hit the baseball.”
Story by Tim Doty