In the first of a series of three games at home, the RBHS boys’ baseball team easily defeated St. Dominic 8-1 last night.
Prior to the matchup, the Bruins were coming off of two solid wins against Francis Howell on Apr. 23. Junior JP Schneider said that the team felt confident coming into the game to extend their streak to three wins.
“We were eager to keep the that same mentality of winning,” Schneider said. “We felt great coming into the game and we were excited to get a chance to play another game.”
RBHS left St. Dominic completely scoreless for the first five innings, scoring a total of eight runs by the end of the fifth. Although St. Dominic managed to score one run at the top of the sixth inning, it was the first and final run for them in the matchup.
“The team did great,” senior Cole Evans said. “Our offense was great and our starter [junior] Jack Widhalm couldn’t have done any better.”
Despite blowing out St. Dominic with ease, Evans doesn’t believe that it was a weakness with the opponent which contributed to the win. Rather, he believes that the win was largely influenced by the enormous offensive surge for RBHS in the first five innings. He also believes that there was some room for improvement in RBHS’s overall play, despite the excellent performance.
“Nothing was really lacking with them,” Evans said. “I think that we just prepared ourselves mentally to go out there and we just gave it everything we had, but there is always room for improvement. I think that our base running could’ve been a little better, but that’s something that we realize and work on in practice.”
Tomorrow, the Bruins hope to continue their winning streak to five games. RBHS will host the Blue Springs Wildcats and the Staley Falcons at home, the former at 10 a.m. and the latter in the afternoon. Evans said the team is looking forward to tomorrow’s games and the rest of the season as well.
“We will just have to be ready for everyone’s best and stay positive through the rest of the season. Also just take it day by day and see where that takes us,” Evans said. “Our mindset for the rest of year is to take one game at a time and play like we know we can play and have fun doing it.”