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Inconsistencies hold back Arlington baseball
ARLINGTON A non-conference loss at Mariner High School March 13 and a 8-0 drubbing by Edmonds-Woodway March 15 have the Eagles baseball team off to a rocky start.
It took the Eagles offense three innings to get through their batting rotation as a dominant Edmonds team imposed a defensive policy of three and out on Arlington and scored three runs of their own before senior Trevor Milless made it to first base two outs into the bottom of the fourth.
Senior Andrew Disotell gave Arlington its best chance to score a run against Edmonds-Woodway, getting as far as second in the fifth inning and third off a single late in the seventh inning, but outs in the following at bats limited Disotells opportunities to make it home.
Arlington coach Doug Plucker said the team had different highlights in each of the games.
(Against Mariner) it was kind of a mirror opposite of Thursday. Our pitchers didnt throw well we used five pitchers. We had a couple minor injuries. One took a hopper off his bare fingers because he couldnt feel them. Our pitchers didnt get ahead in the count and they were not being aggressive, so that was the downfall, Plucker said.
By contrast, pitcher Joey Dettrich had a good game against Edmonds, the coach said, replacing the senior with Cameron Hanson after some 90 pitches to avoid abusing Dettrichs arm too early in the season.
I thought that Joey Dettrich pitched well after coming back from a rough start and threw well in the second, third and fourth innings, he added. He can be dominating when hes throwing strikes, and thats what were going to need from our pitching staff consistently.
Plucker said the losses have helped Arlington to identify areas of improvement, namely, consistent pitching, throwing more strikes and improving aggressiveness on offense.
I dont think were the type of team that can sit back and wait for players to drive the ball around the park. We have to be opportunistic scorers, he said. I see a lot of stuff we can improve on, and we need to focus on where we want to be at the end of the season and the steps we need to get there.
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