LUTZ- It was Steinbrenner’s first official home game of the season and their pitching was on spot as usual. Steinbrenner went ahead early and kept the Brandon Eagles (3-0) pinned down 2-0 through almost four full innings. But errors got in the way of a bounce back win from last week’s distasteful loss to King.
Steinbrenner’s number one problem as far as I can remember in the past three years has been errors. And now, with some power missing in the lineup and large shoes to fill with no one found yet with big enough feet to fill them, a 5-2 loss is not only plausible but also a sample of what is to come if the Warriors (0-2) can’t get it together before Tuesday the 17th when the face their first district foe of the 2015 season, Sickles.
The Warriors wasted no time getting to work Friday night with left fielder Vance Gutierrez reaching first base safely and then stealing second during a pitch to right fielder Drew Burkhart. Burkhart put a ball directly to the second baseman where after throwing a ball over the first baseman, Guiterrez ran home, thus allowing Burkhart to advance to second and putting the Warriors on the board.
Later in the third inning with still a 1-0 score, DH Andrew Lindsay drove home Guiterrez for his second run on the night after both had doubles for their at-bats. The Warriors had few opportunities later on in the game leaving plenty of time for the Eagles to have some pressure free innings.
With starting pitcher CJ Van Eyk having a solid performance of six strikeouts, giving up one hit and one walk, he had no help from a defense later in the game thanks to more errors. Then in the fifth inning, the Steinbrenner coaching staff brought in Lindsay and then Al Alberger after a number of chaotic situations got out of hand leading to multiple runs added on and eventually, a devastating loss at the hands of yet another average program compared to those of which Steinbrenner will face later on.
“We’re not hitting well but we need to find that one game that we can all click together. The pitching staff is throwing lights out and if we eliminate the errors, you throw shutout wins instead of losing in 5-2 fashion,” said senior catcher Chase DeBonis.
Written by Evan Abramson/Online Sports Editor