Eagles end recent skid with win over Spring MtB Mustangs
Time seems to move more slowly during losing streaks – even more so when games are lost in the midst of them to rainouts. Every rainout feels like a lost opportunity to get things back on track.
Happily for the Eagles, the rain held off long enough Saturday for us to win our home game against the Spring MtB Mustangs – evening the season series with our north Houston rival, and repeating the result we achieved against them in last year’s Division II Championship in Florida.
The 4-2 victory came at just the right time, ending the longest losing streak the Eagles have suffered in recent history – 7 games. It’s interesting to note how little often separates winning from losing in high school baseball:
- Four of the losses were away game walk-offs with the home breaking a tie on the very last play
- Our batting average during the streak was only .056 points lower than the season average: .203 vs .259
- Our team ERA was still a very respectable 3.55, albeit higher than our (record-pace) 2.67 season average
- Our team fielding % dropped only slightly during the streak, to 87.9% vs our 91% average
Thankfully we had significant success early in the season to build ourselves a nice cushion over .500, enabling us to sustain a 7-game losing streak and still come to Senior Day with an even record and a +31 run differential on the year.
Yogi Berra said “half this game is 90% mental”, and no doubt confidence and momentum seem to come in waves. We’re the same team that beat the #2 private school in Texas, and the same team that jumped out to a 13-7 record in the first 20 games.
We trust God with our results and put our focus into playing the game the best we can play it – every play at every position, on every pitch. We do pray we continue this momentum and end 2018 on a strong note! Go Eagles!
P.S. congratulations also to the JV Eagles whose 17-7 win over the Mustangs not only added a nice win to their total for the season, but set a regular season record for runs scored in recorded history by a JV team. Way to go JV!