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March 4, 2014

ALPHA OMEGA ACADEMY BASEBALL — Lions baseball team still learning how to win

Alpha Omega goes 2-2 last week, moving past adversity

HUNTSVILLE — Alpha Omega’s baseball team went 2-2 last week against Hempstead, Burton, Normangee and St. Joseph’s of Bryan. Lions coach Bert Lyle said Alpha Omega has a good team that is still learning to become mentally tough.

Hempstead defeated the Lions 11-10, but Alpha Omega responded with a 5-3 win against Burton on Saturday. Alpha Omega battled with Hempstead until three errors in the final inning made the difference in the game.

“It was really a well-played game until the seventh and with two outs, we had adversity hit and lost focus,” Lyle said.

Marco Pardo went 6 1/3 innings to lead the Lions against Burton. Tucker Harris came in relief for Pardo with the bases loaded and with one pitch got a grounder to Pardo at third and started a double play to end the game. It was Alpha Omega’s fourth double play of the game.

Lane Smith and Jeremy Bennett continued their hot hitting with two hits apiece, but the four double plays and no error defense were the story of the game.

Blake Kent went the distance in an 8-2 win over Normangee. Lane Smith caught while recording a triple, RBI and two runs and Tucker Harris had two RBIs. Kent’s pitching and a defense that only had one error and one earned run led to the win.

The Lions played for the consolation championship against St. Joseph’s, a team Alpha Omega had already defeated 9-2 two weeks earlier, but this time Alpha Omega committed another three errors in the fifth inning and gave up six runs to fall 10-7.

“I believe this team is very good, but not mentally tough enough yet. However we are getting better,” LyIe said. “I truly believe those two innings in the first game (the 7th inning) and the last game (the 5th) kept us from playing for the championship of this tourney. Anyway, as I tell the kids, it’s a game, but even in a game, we can learn great life lessons and grow stronger.

“Half of the runs we gave up in four games were scored in two innings. In the games we lost, we gave up six runs in the sixth inning of both games. We’d have an error, then have close calls go against us and have a few more errors.

“We had to play through adversity and that’s an opportunity to grow. Hopefully, we’ll learn from it.”

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