At Thursday’s practice, John Jay High School baseball coach Eric Frink doesn’t just plan on working on defense.
His Patriots will be working on everything, following their 9-3 loss at home to Roy C. Ketcham on Wednesday.
The Indians pounded out 13 hits and capitalized on six John Jay errors.
“We made a ton of mistakes that cost us,” Frink said. “Ketcham’s a very good team and you can’t make mistakes against a team like that. We’re playing (Class) AA baseball and you cannot give them opportunities.”
Erik Merrill made the most of his chances, collecting three hits for Ketcham. Teammates Matt Lynch and Jon Cepeda each picked up two hits.
Greg Blum tossed six innings for Ketcham and allowed one walk. He struck out two batters and was given the win.
Jack Matero had two hit for John Jay and knocked in a run. Teammate Skyler Ohrvall had three hits and drove in two runs.
“We hit the ball and made some good contact at times,” Frink said. “We just didn’t have timely hitting. (Blum) pitched six strong innings. We have to execute and hit in situations.”
The Indians will meet the Patriots again on Friday, when Ketcham hosts John Jay.
“I’m just going to dig down and figure out how to fix this,” Frink said. “We’re in this together. We have nine games left and sectionals, so we’ll see.”
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