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Kirk Academy shortstop Peyton Box dives into third base attempting to advance on a ground ball during action Tuesday at Raider Field. The Raiders dropped a 4-3 decision to Bayou Academy to drop to 4-5 on the season. Staff Photo / Chuck Hathcock
 
By CHUCK HATHCOCK
Sports Editor

 
   One word can best describe the Kirk Raiders’ slow start to the 2013 season. It would be inconsistent.
   The inconsistency has been in all phases of the game. One game it might be hitting with the next being either pitching or defense.
   Tuesday, the problem came on both the offensive and defensive side. Kirk had 10 hits, but committed four errors losing a 4-3 decision to Bayou Academy at Raider Field.
   With the loss, the Raiders fall to 4-5 on the season.
   “I thought that we pitched it well,” Coach Nathan Moncrief said. “We out-hit them 10-4, but made four errors. That was the difference in the game.”
   Kirk was also bothered by the strikeout. For the night, KA struck out nine times. The Raiders found themselves down in the count as they took a number of first pitch fastballs for strikes.
   “We are not being aggressive early in the count,” Moncrief said. “Then, we will chase a bad pitch on the second pitch and watch the third pitch for a strike. We have to do a better job of hitting with two strikes, also.”
   The Raiders were not without base runners, but they were unable to get them across the plate.
   “We had lots of chances,” Moncrief said. “When we get them on base, we would usually have a strikeout or fly ball to end the threat.”

For the full story, see the printed edition or the online edition of the GrenadaStar.


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