They seem to be right on the cusp, but can’t quite get over the hurdle.
Thomas County Central dropped its fifth region game of the season in Wednesday’s 5-0 loss to Lee County.
The Jackets remained relevant all the way to the final stages before allowing three runs in the sixth inning – all scored with two outs.
“That’s how you win ballgames,” Central coach Chad Parkerson said. “I’m ready for us to start getting some two out hits.”
Timeliness seems to be Central’s problem. The Jackets, after all, entered Wednesday’s tilt with a .313 team batting average – well over the mark this time a year ago.
Parkerson said that most cases yield from a matter of circumstance, and that he doesn’t plan to change his coaching repertoire midseason.
“The approach shouldn’t change,” he said. “Our guys are playing hard; it’s just for some reason not going our way.”
Central (4-7, 0-5) will return to the practice field on Thursday to prepare for its first region doubleheader of the season on Friday against visiting Northside-Columbus.
Parkerson said that stamina and longevity will not be an issue “because these guys have been here before.”
“Our region is so spread out, so we have to play a few doubleheaders for travel reasons. It’s the playoff format, too.”
Parkerson added that he’s not given up hope for the chance at a region title this year.
“We’ve dug ourselves in a hole – there’s no doubt about that,” he said. “We need to find a way to scratch out a few wins and get into the playoffs somehow.