By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
Charlie Smith has coached a few baseball games in his life and knows a little bit about dealing with high expectations and doing the little things right.
That’s why although he is pleased with the way his Louisville High School Wildcats are hitting the ball, the veteran coach sees room for improvement.
“We have been getting some good hits, we just need to develop some consistency with it,” he said. “You have go be consistent throughout the game, not just in an inning or two. We need to learn to put the ball in play more with runners in scoring position and how to move runners over. All the things it takes to be a winner.”
Smith says overall he likes what he see so far from his 5-1 squad.
“We have grown a tremendous amount since we have started,” he said. “We have some kids who have surprised us and other that haven’t reached their potential yet. It’s still the consistency thing. We have two or three kids every day who do something good for us, but they aren’t always the ones who did it the day before. When we have been very, very good here we have had seven or eight guys who you could count on every day.”
The Wildcats continue to to take on an ambitious schedule, playing both Lake Cormorant and Oxford on Wednesday, before visiting Cleveland on Saturday and hosting the Wildcats on Tuesday.
“By the time we get to our region schedule we will have played 14 games and some of them are against some traditionally quality opponents. We hope that will help us.”
The first division game of the schedule is set to be at Nettelton on Friday, March 28. Last week the LHS ‘Cats took wins over Mantachie, Hatley and Philadelphia.
Channing Wall tossed a five-inning no-hitter in the 3-0 win over Mantachie, while striking out six and walking just three. Braxton Wall, Semaj Eiland and Dalton Hudspeth each singled for the winners in the game, while A.J. Triplett delivered a sacrifice fly.
Braxton Wall followed that up on the mound with a six-strike out, one-hitter in LHS’ 4-1 win over Hatley, while banging out a pair of doubles at the plate as well. The Wildcats had nine hits in the game, led by Triplett and Ross Barnett with a single and double each. Hudspeth had a pair of singles for the winners, while Brady Anderson and Wyatt Roberts added a hit apiece.
Louisville scored in six of the seven innings to take a 10-3 win over Philadelphia on Saturday. Triplett had a single, homer and three RBIs to lead the ‘Cats offensively, while Braxton Wall had a double and a homer and Roberts and Barnett each doubled and singled.
Hudspeth and two singles for the winners, while Anderson and Harrington had one each. Brody Burchfield was the winning pitcher, while Roberts pitched the final two innings and recorded four strikeouts.