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Defense, pitching slump in West Point loss to Oxford

April 6, 2011

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
Errors and walks doomed the West Point Green Wave baseball team on Tuesday night. The club traveled to Oxford to take on the Chargers for the first time of three games in 2011’s regular season.
Coming off a split with New Hope, the Green Wave were hoping to get off to a good start against Oxford, but things went bad early, as 14 walks and eight errors contributed to an 11-2 loss on the night.
“The difference in the game was walks and errors,” said West Point head coach Buddy Wyers.
Tez Lane started the game for West Point, on the hill, but he would soon give way to Will Harrell. Harrell’s night was cut short as well, as Dalton Davis came in to put a stop to the bleeding that Oxford had started in the bottom of the first inning.
“There was a lack of mental focus throughout the course of the game,” Wyers said.
The Green Wave put together seven hits on the night. Oxford had just four, but they cashed in on every opportunity afforded them by the Green Wave pitching and defense.
“All of the runs were directly related to a walk or an error,” Wyers said.
West Point got hits out of Tommy Keys, Brandon Edwards, Dalton Davis and Bruce Barclay, who all recorded a single. Ed Cox and Bradley Ewings had the lone extra base hits, a double each.
The Green Wave will do battle with Oxford again this week. Another loss would not eliminate the Green Wave from a playoff appearance, but with the season’s conference action coming to an end in the next two weeks, West Point needs the split on the week to get them back to .500 in district play.
Hoping to avoid a rain out on Friday, Wyers is considering a move of the game from Friday to tonight. As of press time, he had not made decision. Whether today or tomorrow, it will be a home match that starts at 5 p.m. with a junior varsity game, and followed by the varsity match at 7 p.m.

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