By Bryan Davis
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (0-1) hit the diamond for the first time against regular season competition on Tuesday afternoon. Hosting Heritage Academy, the Patriots were able to put up seven unearned runs in a 10-0 defeat of the Raiders.
“We finished the game better than we started,” Bratton said. “The first inning was positive. The second inning, they gave us opportunities to make plays, and we didn’t. I saw a little more enthusiasm than I saw Friday night, during the pre-season game. We finished stronger at the end than we started out.”
The Raiders dropped a couple of outfield flies with runners on that led directly to four of the unearned runs. At the plate, the Raiders could not catch a break either.
“We hit the ball, we just didn’t get it down,” Bratton said. “We struck out twice as much as we walked. We just haven’t gotten the job done with runners in scoring position.”
On Wednesday, Oak Hill’s players returned to the practice field, awaiting a cross-county game with the Hebron Christian Eagles tomorrow.
“We go back to work,” said Bratton. “The most important part of our season right now is that pitchers have to throw strikes, we have to be solid defensively, and make the routine plays, and we have to be sound fundamentally.”
Bratton’s club has grown a year since the 2010 season, but this Raider club is still very young, featuring just one senior and one junior.
“Our big thing this year put in quality time,” Bratton said. “Assume responsibility for your position.”
Bratton says that he spelled it out in an acronym he calls TRACTOR, which stands for time, responsibility, accountability, confidence and the final three being think, opportunity and results.
“That’s what I’m trying to do with this young ball club,” Bratton said. “Wins are great, and we’ve got to have some to get some confidence, but we have got to start believing and getting the job done.”
The Raiders will be facing a Hebron team, fresh off its second consecutive district title in A ball.