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Comanche baseball struggled with consistency this season and saw 2014 end in similar fashion.
The Indians lost back-to-back games at Marietta, 16-0 and 9-7, in the Class 3A district playoffs Friday. Coach Brent Crow said they played like the two different teams that have shown up for Comanche’s games this year.
There have been times when the competitive one has shown up, getting ahead of opponents and using its speed to wreak havoc on the basepath. Then there have been times when shoddy pitching and impatient hitters have led to run-rule losses against average foes.
“We actually played, at times, good baseball even though we didn’t win,” Crow said. “When we played some really good teams, I feel like we stepped up and played some of our best baseball. Then, other times we had a hard time.”
Crow saw the latter in the first game against Marietta. Errors and poor hitting led to a blowout win for the home team.
“In the second game, we didn’t even look like the same team,” Crow said. “Some games we can play some really good baseball and other games we don’t play as well.”
While the Indians struggled on the field this season, they soared in the classroom. Crow said his overall team GPA was a 3.6 and the players experienced success in other extra-curricular pursuits such as speech and debate club and drama.
One of the main focuses from the beginning was improving the pitching staff. Comanche didn’t have much experience on the mound, but Crow thinks his team made improvements in that area.
“We had to work through that early in the season,” Crow said. “We worked that to where we had a good rotation. We had some kids that we could bring in and get some innings out of.”
Of those pitchers, junior Patrick Seward and sophomore Tanner Ressell return next year. Outfielders Braden Ledford and Justin Hall return as well to give the team a good foundation for success, Crow said.