Edgewood takes advantage of Pike mistakes in 10-4 win

Published 10:24 pm Monday, February 17, 2014

Pike Liberal Arts head coach Butch Austin has seen over 40 opening days as a head coach, but the sour taste of a loss is something he has never gotten used to.

The Patriots fell to Edgewood 10-4 on opening day of the 2014 season Monday at Riddle-Pace Field in Troy.

Pike led the game 2-0 early, after doubles from Brian Adams and Myles Loving, but found runs tough to come by the rest of the day.

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The Pats committed two errors, and had several wild pitches that allowed the Wildcats to push three runs across in the sixth and five more in the seventh.

“We flat just didn’t play well,” said Austin. “We had way too many errors and mistakes. The errors were on things we practice every day. We have things to work on, and we will get better.”

Pike doesn’t have long to dwell on the loss, as the welcome in the Emmanuel Christian Warriors Tuesday afternoon.

First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.

While Monday’s contest was filled with mistakes and miscues, Austin said he did see some things he thinks the Patriots can build off of.

“Connor Vowell pitched really well for us today, and I liked the way we hit the ball early on,” Austin said. “The outfield played pretty good as well. We just have to sure up some other things and not make so many mistakes. We have plenty to work on when we get back to practice on Wednesday.”