Bobcats baseball rebounding, drops doubleheader

By Greg Gielczyk
COLEMAN — Considering it was their first day outside Houghton Lake Bobcats first-year baseball coach Charles Hockey felt encouraged by what he saw in a doubleheader at Coleman on Saturday, April 16.
The Bobcats rebounded from a 10-0 loss in the opening game to be more competitive in the second but still lost by a 5-4 decision. Still, the Bobcats showed that they’ve been learning their lessons well in the pre-season and are picking up on Hockey’s coaching methods.
“We’ve got some work to do, but there’s some good stuff,” Hockey said. “We gave up 15 unearned runs in two games. We hadn’t even got ground balls outside, no living pitching … nothing. First game went the way I expected.
“Every inning that we gave more than three outs they scored a bunch. In the first game we only had two hits.”
Houghton Lake’s offense was a little better in the second game, as Zach Fredericks was 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the way. Both of his hits were doubles.
“We threw together some nice hits at key times,” Hockey said. “I’m diappointed, but I’m not upset. It’s just shows that we have work to do but there were some good points. That second game we gave the lead early and fought back. We had our chances.
“The first game they looked like they hadn’t been on the field all year. We’ll keep improving. Joe Stiles started the second game and pitched real well. If we cut down on the errors and walks we’ll be fine.”

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