In their opening game the Black Sox well 6-2 to Grande Prairie but responded with a solid effort Saturday evening as they defeated Peace River 14-7. They were unable to carry that momentum forward into Sunday however, as Fort St. John lost to Grimshaw 14-7.
Ryan Stickel says despite the two losses it was a solid weekend overall and was especially satisfied how the Sox performed at the plate in their game against Peace River.
“It was a pretty good weekend for us. The first game against Grande Prairie was a good back and forth game. Both teams came out and played really well but they came out on top,” he states. “The second game we swung the bats really well. Peace River had some pitching problems and we managed to capitalize on that. As for today [Sunday] I think it was just a lot of games in a short amount of time and we just weren’t mentally ready and they beat up on us.”
He adds that throughout the weekend the offence performed well but notes the team needs to do a better job of staying focused when things aren’t going their way in a game.
“Overall I thought we did a really good job swinging the sticks and doing a lot of the little things on the basepaths and capitalizing on opportunities they gave us,” he explains. “One thing we need to improve on is our mental toughness. In the game on Sunday we were pretty weak and Grimshaw managed to capitalize on it.”
The Black Sox have a record of 2-4 through six games and will next take on Peace River in a double header on Saturday at the College Diamonds at 1 and 4 p.m.