Roadrunner baseball builds solid foundation under new coach

“We play this game one pitch at a time. Our goal is to win every pitch. We’re going to battle, we’re going to continue to test guys. We’re going to keep that momentum going.”

BY COLIN CHAPDELAINE

STUDENT CONTRIBUTOR

Photo Courtesy of COD Athletics.  Roadrunners in a matchup against Santa Ana.

With the sun shining and temperatures rising, baseball season is once again underway for the Roadrunners. Despite a slow start to the season, currently at 2-7, new Head Coach Chris Walters says that the end result remains the same. “Everybody wants to win… They’re doing a really good job of staying within themselves and understanding what the end result and the end goal is going to be.”

Coming off of an 8-6 win in extra innings over host West LA on Saturday, Coach Walters believes that the victory was a sign of positive things to come. “Our offense is turning a corner. We’ve adjusted throughout [the year] to bring back focus on our strategy and our approach and our offense is really starting to take off with that, and with our pitching, you’re seeing the same thing. You’re starting to see guys come in to their own.”

The Roadrunners received impressive performances by infielders Joshua Hernandez and Nathaniel Lopez who combined for eight hits on the day. Austin Clifton provided depth on the mound, pitching seven innings giving up eight hits and three runs while striking out three.

With things starting to look up for the Roadrunners, they look to stay on track with a win on the road against Cypress College on Tuesday. “It’s about building on everything we’re learning,” Coach Walters said when asked about keeping the momentum going. “I’ve told the team this all along, but right now we have seven games in the ‘L’ column. The ‘L’ can stand for lose or the ‘L’ can stand for learn. It’s about what you do with the information you gain from that game. The momentum that we’re trying to create is learning from the win we just had, learning from the good things we did. Tuesday we play Cypress a good team. We have to battle and keep it going.”

With plenty of baseball still left to be played this season, the Roadrunners’ approach remains the same moving forward. “Control what we can control,” said Walters. “If we do that we have enough guys and we have enough talent to be competitive. We play this game one pitch at a time. Our goal is to win every pitch. We’re going to battle, we’re going to continue to test guys. We’re going to keep that momentum going.”

 

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