By Colton Hall
It’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish.
The Presentation College Baseball team started strong but ended the weekend with a couple losses as the Saints went 2-2 and moved their record to 3-5 on the season.
After a slow start, The Saints needed to start off hot when they traveled to Tucson, Arizona for 10 total games in a one-week span.
The Saints did start hot.
After day two, the Saints picked up wins of 4-0 and 6-1 over the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers. The Saints were playing smart baseball and taking advantage of Tiger miscues.
“We were able to take advantage of the few mistakes they made,” head coach Michael Dahl said in a phone interview. “Timely hitting was huge for us, but every part of the game really came together for us, and it helped us pick up a couple of wins.”
The Saints didn’t stay hot though.
On Sunday, the Saints fell to Briar Cliff University in a doubleheader Sunday.
In game one against Briar Cliff, the Saints couldn’t quite get on the right track offensively.
“We just didn’t do the little things right,” Dahl said. “We made mistakes offensively and defensively that kept us from winning. We played decent, just not well enough to win.”
After being able to score in bunches on the first two days, the Saints struggled from the plate.
“Our pitching and defense were pretty good for the most part,” Dahl said. “We just couldn’t take care of business on the offensive side.”
After losing 4-2 to the Chargers in game one, the Saints got themselves in a 6-0 hole going into the final innings of game two.
The Saints didn’t waste any time digging themselves out.
The Saints went on to score 5 unanswered runs before ultimately falling 6-5 to the Chargers. The Saints may not have won the game, but they weren’t going down without fighting tooth and nail for the win.
“Something finally clicked,” Dahl said. “We may not have had as much energy as we would have liked, but our boys aren’t quitters. They fought and came back, but it just didn’t go our way.”
The problems with the offense aren’t complex according to Dahl.
“We don’t have to do anything spectacular,” Dahl said. All we have to do is score a run here and there to keep the pressure off ourselves. It we can do that, we’ll be fine, but we showed what we can do when we were in a hole.”
The Saints will have a break Monday but will return to action on Thursday, and Friday playing doubleheaders against Concordia University and Morningside College. Game one against Concordia will start at 10 am.