Byron Grady filled in last night as coach for the Black Sox while Ryan Stickel was away. Grady says that Loney gave the team a chance to win.
“Brett threw some good, solid innings. We were keeping it close there right until the end of the game. We had a big home run from Large [Kalen] put us ahead by one,” he says. “They battled back the next inning and then a few bad plays at the end brought us too far behind.”
The team potentially had a couple runs slip away as a result of pick offs to first base. The team was hoping for balks to be called in both instances, however the call was not made.
“We’re watching [the pitcher’s] front foot when were on the base, and if you see his front foot twitch or anything at all, we’re not expecting him to come to the base, it’s called a balk,” Grady explains. “The umps weren’t picking it up but [the pitcher] was making a quick move; it’s hard to pick up.”
The team has two games on the road against Peace River on Saturday afternoon. Grady adds that the time off from weather delays has hurt the team up to this point.
“We need to get bodies out and have practices more and get more work,” he says. “We had a lot of rain delays for our games so not playing a lot of games is kind of hurting us right now.”
The games that were rained out are still in the process of being rescheduled. The Black Sox currently do not have any more home games scheduled, but that will change as the make up dates are announced.