Wave defense lets down offense at New Hope

Staff Writer

A disastrous first inning proved too much for West Point High's baseball team Tuesday night, but it wasn't for lack of trying.

The Green Wave fell behind 7-0 after one inning and 9-0 after three before settling down, only to lose 10-6 to homestanding New Hope, one of the state's perennial baseball powers.

"They fought like crazy, but we made too many mistakes against a good team. You just can't do that. But they'll learn from it," West Point coach Blake Hutchison said.

"We got ourselves in trouble with defense because we are swinging the bat. And I know we've got a good defense but with the weather, we just haven't been able to really get out and work on defense. Our field is a mess," the coach continued. "We've got to get the defensive issues fixed."

The game started the way a visiting coach would want on a good opponent. The Wave got a hit batsman to lead off and sophomore Gray Berry followed with a double, his first of three, to put runners at second and third with no outs.

But Berry got picked off at second and two more outs left the Wave with no runs from what started as a promising inning.

New Hope took advantage.

The Trojans turned two walks, two miss-judged balls in the outfield and three errors into seven runs.

"That just hurt," Hutchison said.

Davion Goree came on to pitch in the third and threw two solid innings, giving up one run on one hit. Seth Edwards also had a good stint, giving up one run on three hits over the final two innings.
Berry led West Point's offense with three doubles in three at bats. In three games, he's 5-for 10 with five doubles.

Seven other Wave players had a hit each.

For the year, Xavier Moody is 2 for 4 and B.R. Watson is hitting .333 as the Wave offense has been productive, despite its 1-2 record.

The Wave had a chance in the top of the seventh. Trailing 10-5, they scored one run and had runners at first and third, but New Hope shut down the uprising to secure the win.

"We fought like crazy and made them use some pitching. If we are going to make mistakes, I'd rather do them at this time of year," Hutchison stated.

The Green Wave is scheduled to travel to Kosciusko today.