West Greene capitalizes on Geibel mistakes for victory
Monday`s Section 1-A baseball game between Geibel and visiting West Greene represented a chance for both teams to stay in the thick of the section playoff race.
The Pioneers seized that chance by taking advantage of five Geibel errors on their way to a 9-2 victory.
'Every single aspect of our game stunk,' Geibel coach Jeff McWilliams said. 'Our problem is we take two steps forward and 10 steps back. We continue to make the same mistakes over and over.'
Some of Geibel`s mistakes are mental but others are physical, as evidenced by the team`s five miscues.
To compound the problem, Geibel`s bats were mostly quiet. The Gators managed just five hits against winning pitcher Donnie White, who worked into the seventh inning to earn the victory.
'It`s tough to play from behind, and it`s tough to play when you`re not hitting the ball,' McWilliams said.
West Greene (5-6, 2-2) built a 6-0 lead through the first five innings.
White walked and scored in the second before C.J. Gillin and Ben Carlisle each singled and scored in the third.
Then in the fifth, Kory Watson capped a three-run inning by ripping a two-run double off Geibel pitcher Peter Tarka.
'That`s what it takes in high school baseball,' West Greene coach John Coss said. 'You just have to be able to make something happen, and we were able to make something happen at the right time.'
Geibel (2-6, 1-3) broke the shutout bid with a run in the sixth when Tarka grounded out to drive in Michael Noonan. But the Pioneers came right back with three runs in the seventh to seal the win. All three runs were a result of three Geibel errors.
'I think our pitching wasn`t that bad, but we have to make the plays in the field,' McWilliams said.
Geibel finished the scoring when Jake Ciaccia singled and eventually scored on a groundout by Jeremy Toth.
West Greene outhit Geibel, 7-5.
West Greene pulled within a game of one of the final playoff spots in the section. Still, Coss knows his team has plenty of work to do in order to finish in one of those coveted positions.
'I thought our pitcher did a great job,' Coss said. 'But we still had some errors, and we have to hit better.'