Madison, Eastern View, errors defeat Panthers varsity baseball team

Rappahannock Varsity Baseball brought its season record to 3-3 with a discouraging 11-1 loss at Eastern View High School on April 9 and changed that record to 3-4 with a 12-1 loss to Madison on April 13.

At Eastern View High School, “we lost in six innings,” Coach Donald O’Meara said. “We faced a very good Cyclones pitcher and only managed three hits.”

The highlight of the game was junior John Mills who went two for three and scored the only Panther run on an RBI single from senior Chris Garcia, the final pitcher. Garcia went one for three with an RBI. Taylor Yowell, Matt Fletcher and John Mills saw some time on the mound, and David Williams did a “great job at first base with some huge glove saves.”

O’Meara reported “the biggest key of the game was our errors. It could have easily been a 3-1 game, but 11 errors resulted in a lopsided loss.”

Improvement strategies were the theme of Monday’s practice. O’Meara took his team “back to basics” in preparation for meeting their district opponent, Madison, on the Panthers’ home field Tuesday night.

Monday’s intense practice was not enough against the Madison Mountaineers Tuesday night. “Madison hit the little ones in the gap,” senior Chris Garcia said. “Our outfield and infield missed fly balls, we had a lot of bad throws. Our catching was better, so that cut down on walks.”

“We had six hits but lost in seven innings with 13 errors,” O’Meara reported. “Garcia had our only RBI. The bats are coming around, but the errors are killing us.”

“The team’s going through a slump,” Garcia explained. “We just need to get over the hump. Seems like everyone’s just going through the motions. We need to work harder and play with our hearts.”

Rapp was 0-2 in the district as they traveled the distance to East Hardy, W.V., on Wednesday before gearing up for tomorrow’s 7 p.m. home game against the Panther’s arch rival, the Strasburg Rams.