Generals fall vs. Elmore Co.Published 8:35pm Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Old problems reared their ugly heads for the Horseshoe Bend Generals in their season opener versus Elmore County.
Self-inflicted wounds doomed the Generals, as they coughed up a 5-3 lead in the seventh inning to lose 6-5 to the Panthers.
“It’s the same old story,” said Generals baseball coach Jason Johnson. “We had two big errors. We dropped a pop-up in the infield and misplayed a ground ball. We should have been out of that inning.”
The sour turn of events put a damper on what had shaped up to be a comeback win for Horseshoe Bend.
The Panthers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but Major Abernathy eventually settled down on the mound and held Elmore County’s bats largely without a peep for much of the contest.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Generals mounted their charge. Red Lewis and Isac Holt each picked up RBI singles to bring the Generals within one.
A successful double steal attempt knotted things up at 3-3.
The Generals put up a run in the bottom of the fifth and the sixth innings to seemingly have things well in hand, but with two mistakes, it all unraveled.
“I thought we played well the whole game,” Johnson said. “We hit the ball well, too. But this bunch hasn’t quite learned how to win and put away opponents. We seemed to play not to lose instead of finishing the job.”
Abernathy threw a complete game, striking out nine along the way.
“He deserved to win that game,” Johnson said. “It’s tough to see a kid who worked that hard come away with the loss.”