Blazers continue to endure rebuilding season woes
By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
VISALIA – The first season of Golden West’s new head baseball coach Brent Hall has not gone as planned as his Trailblazers find themselves near the bottom of the West Yosemite League standings.
“We are playing some young guys, but I don’t want to use that as an excuse as to why we are not competing,” Hall said.
Back-to-back defeats by the WYL favorite Redwood Rangers only proved just how far back Golden West really is.
A 16-2 defeat on Friday followed up a Golden West’s 7-2 home loss earlier in the week. The Blazer’s pitchers were helpless as Redwood’s (13-4, 4-0) batters used them for batting practice in the most recent loss.
Golden West’s Jace Williams felt the brunt of the onslaught. The junior wasn’t able to keep from falling behind in the count which forced him to throw more fast balls over the plate, and against Redwood’s superior bats it was a death sentence. In the fourth inning Redwood’s Bronson Chamberlin hit a grand slam home run to right which made the score 12-2 Redwood. It was Williams’ second of three homers he surrendered.
“We were forced to throw fastballs to their good hitters and they kind of took advantage today,” Hall said.
The Blazers have had flashes of what is to come.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, with the score already being the final result, Golden West’s infield turned a double play to end the inning.
“For us what we lack is the ability to put together that complete game,” Hall said.
Hall’s goal this season has evolved into one of learning. This week Golden West has a great chance to do just that, and get a much-needed win in the process. Tonight, Golden West begins a two-game stretch against the Lemoore Tigers (6-10, 0-4). The game will take place in Lemoore, and on Friday the location switches to Golden West at 4 p.m.