With six games condensed into a four-day span, including four against perennial NJCAA power Jefferson College, Archers head coach Scott Goodrich knew pitching would be at a premium over the past weekend.
His staff weathered the workload more than capably, as they emerged from the six-game stretch 4-2, capped by a doubleheader sweep of Morton College Sunday.
The pair of wins, which came by 11-3 and 11-2 scores, respectively, improved the team’s overall record to 12-11. After losing five of six at one point, STLCC has moved back above the .500 plateau a week after ending that early-season slide.
Right-hander Joey Lodes provided the Archers with five innings of two-run ball in the second half of Sunday’s doubleheader, marking his most effective start of the year. Reliever Donald Lovelady pitched a pair of scoreless innings to secure the win.
STLCC came out of the gates quickly in game two, as sophomore outfielder Brandon Gutzler pounded a two-run home run to give the Archers a lead they would never relinquish.
In the opener, right-hander Colby Holloway collected his first victory of the year. The 22 runs scored marked a season-most for the Archers in a doubleheader. Combined with Saturday’s 10-7 win over Jefferson College in the first game of a doubleheader, the Archers tallied a double-digit run total for the third time in four games. The offensive outburst has featured production from throughout the Archer lineup, a change from just a week ago, when STLCC was held to two or fewer runs four times in a seven-game span.
“We have a lot of versatility in our guys, and you can’t let guys get complacent and get rusty,” Goodrich said. “When a guy goes down, you have to have someone behind him ready to step up. This (production) allows us to be able to do that.”
STLCC will look to retain its momentum this week, when it takes on St. Charles Community College four times over a two-day span on Thursday and Friday.