MORRAL – The Ridgedale Rockets would probably rather be playing baseball than getting rained out like everyone else, but they are not letting a single opportunity to get better slip by them.
The Rockets have been able to take advantage of the break and work on the fundamentals of the game.
“We needed the break, to be honest with you,” Ridgedale coach Brian Slone said. “We had a lot of things we needed to work on. We have a lot of young guys playing right now so we needed to get them some extra work to get them where we need them to be in order to be successful.”
The rain has not only helped the Rockets get better, but it also has played right into their hands when looking at pitching matchups. Ace Monroe Britton, a junior, started every game before a double header Saturday against Upper Sandusky. The Rockets are 2-3. He earned a complete game win Friday against Crestline.
“The rain has allowed us to start Mo every game, and that is a nice luxury to have when you can start your ace and obviously give your team the best chance to win,” Slone said.
The break also has allowed Slone to take a look at some film and figure out key situations he and his team need to work on.
“The rain helped us a lot because we got to see where we messed up in the first game and have a break then get ready to go again,” Slone said
Slone also recognizes that frustration may set in once the schedule picks up and the pitching situation spreads out. With less than a month left in the season, the Rockets still have 21 games scheduled, without accounting for tournaments.
“I am sure it will get frustrating because we only have about four true pitchers on the team. When you sit down and think about how many games are going to string together, it will get frustrating,” Slone said.