Chad Parkerson has said all year that the 1-AAAAA region is one packed with pitchers.
But based on his team’s plate performances early this season – the genesis of their 3-0 start – the Thomas County Central coach didn’t predict the Jackets would be riding a five game slump in mid-March.
Central suffered its first mercy rule defeat of the season in six innings to Harris County in Friday’s 15-5 rout.
Yet Parkerson said there were aspects of the game to take high note on.
The Jackets posted eight hits and played almost flawless on defense – with the exception of the mound performance.
But Parkerson said that it wasn’t so much Central’s pitching to be the problem as it was the offensive capability Harris, which had 16 hits, employed.
“They hit just about everything we threw at them,” Pakerson said. “They just had one of those nights where everything went their way. You’ve got to tip your hat to them.”
Central looked to ditch its recent skid when it jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. But Harris responded with an identical outing their next trip up to tie the game. The Tigers then steadily increased their lead with five runs in the fifth and six while holding the Jackets scoreless.
“I thought in that first inning that we were coming through the fog,” Parkerson said. “And to be honest, we were playing good defense. I thought most of our at bats were great. They just squared everything up that we threw at them.”
Central drops to 4-6 (0-4) with the defeat, and continues region play on Tuesday at Lee County.
Parkerson said he expects a high sense of urgency in Monday’s practice with the Jackets still winless in region play.
“I just told them that we’ve got to keep grinding,” he said. “We’re doing things right [in practice]. The boys are going about their business the right way. ... When you compete and give your best effort, it’ll start falling for you.”