Generals outlast WoodlandPublished 10:10am Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The Horseshoe Bend Generals have been their own worst enemies this season.
Errors have either derailed sure blowouts for HBHS or outright cost the Generals key games.
It was no different in the Generals’ most recent action, as Horseshoe Bend nearly blew an eight-run lead against Woodland High School before hanging on to win 9-6.
“I guess we were just kicking it around out there,” said HBHS coach Jason Johnson. “We have had trouble putting people away.”
The Bobcats scored four runs in the top of the fourth to cut the Generals’ lead in half, but Horseshoe Bend (12-12) was eventually able to settle down and come away victorious.
Now the Generals are fighting to maintain a stronghold on the runner-up slot in area standings.
HBHS trails Randolph County after dropping a 15-14 decision to the area-leading Tigers this past Thursday, as a slew of miscues evaporated a five-run lead.
“It was the same thing,” Johnson said. “We’ve been hitting the ball better than we have in the past two years. We were up 9-4 in the top of the fourth, but we made 11 errors. If we cut that down to six errors, we win that game hands down.”
In order to secure second place in the area, the Generals must defeat Lafayette High School this Wednesday.
“We beat them pretty handily earlier in the season,” Johnson said. “But errors have been the story all year. I’m not sure how we’re going to fix it, as we’ve been working at it all season. We have to learn how to win and make the play when we need it. We can’t expect to win in the playoffs if we continue to play like this.”
Horseshoe Bend’s next game is set to be at Elmore County this afternoon at 4 p.m., pending weather conditions.