A very young Joseph Eagles baseball team started their season at 1-3 after a four game stint over the weekend. "The games were interesting at times, but I know that we will make progress," said Eagles coach Dave Schmidt.
The Joseph squad won their season opener against Pilot Rock 10-3. Schmidt said that sophomore Justin Bird pitched an outstanding game and hit the ball well. The Eagles didn't fare as well in their second game of the double header losing 3-0.
An extremely windy day greeted the Blue and Gold on Saturday as they traveled to Riverside. The Eagles dropped both of their games to the Pirates 3-1 and 10-5. According to Schmidt mental mistakes and a young team led to the losses.
"We have a small, young team that doesn't allow us to substitute as much as we used to in previous years," Schmidt said. " We have guys going between three and four positions which puts a lot of pressure on the kids," he added.
The Joseph coach praised the play of many of his players including Chris Garrett, Ryan Barstad and John Schmidt. " John threw six pitches for us on Saturday and all six were strikes," Schmidt said. " He got three people out and did an outstanding job in the field as well," he said.
Schmidt said that he was glad the season was underway and the he was privileged to have Dick Johnson and Bob Barstad back as assistants this year.
"I'm hoping for positive encouragement from our fans this season," Schmidt said. "They need to understand that we have a young, inexperienced team that will need all the backing that they can give us," he added.
Joseph will kick off their home schedule April 4 and 5 starting with Weston on Friday followed by their league opener against Nyssa on Saturday. Both games are scheduled to start at 12 noon at Daggett Field.