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Arlington fails to produce at the plate
LAKE STEVENS Another game, another struggle to score for Arlington. After a lead-off home run off the bat of Andrew Disotell, the Eagles baseball team produced only three more hits before falling to the Lake Stevens Vikings 4-1.
The pitching staff for Arlington again did a decent job of minimizing the Vikings offense. Kyle Ayres conceded a two-run single in the third inning but generally avoided trouble. Jeff Huge in relief also kept Lake Stevens from any major production at the plate. Ayres and Huge held the Vikings to only seven hits.
Arlingtons defense did its job in the field, committing only one error behind the pitching staff and generally making Lake Stevens earn everything they got.
Coach Doug Plucker was not disappointed with his teams effort against the first-place team in the Wesco league.
We played a good game, we were solid on defense. The pitching was good. Ayres threw hard and Huge came in and threw some good offspeed stuff.
Plucker was disappointed with the offense.
Offensively we are still struggling, other than the two victories, weve been struggling to put more than a run or two on the board. Thats obviously a concern and something weve spent a lot of time working on. Were getting runners on, but were not getting timely hits, were not stringing things together.
The team is trying to get more aggressive on the basepaths to manufacture runs instead of relying solely on the bats.
Id prefer to put the game in motion but we havent been able to do that very well yet, Plucker added.
The light at the end of the tunnel is still bright as Arlington needs only to place ahead of Lynnwood to make the district playoffs.
Im excited about the possibility, but until we get our offense rolling, along with consistent defense and pitching performances, we still have work to do, said Plucker.