Rams eager to ‘right ship’ after unexpected start
Glenbard East baseball hopes to bounce back from 5-12 start
|Glenbard East catcher Alex Ostrowski tags Glenbard North's Adam Villanueva at home plate Tuesday in Carol Stream. (Bill Ackerman – firstname.lastname@example.org)|
LOMBARD — Glenbard East’s veteran baseball squad hasn’t had the start to the season it imagined, but the Rams are hoping that experience can help them turn it around.
After losing two games to Glenbard North earlier this week, the Rams fell to 5-12 on the season and 1-4 in the DuPage Valley Conference.
“It’s been a rough first half,” said coach Joel Pelland. “We’ve not played as good as we are capable of playing. We’ve lost a couple of close ball games. We’ve been in situations where we’re in a position to score runs and we don’t get that key hit.”
The Rams have been getting some strong pitching, namely from Nick Vichio and D.J. Spears. Spears struck out 11 over six innings in the 4-1 loss at Glenbard North on Monday.
“Our pitchers for the most part have been throwing pretty well for us so as soon as we start getting that key hit and stringing things together we’re going to start winning some ball games,” Pelland said. “I think sometimes our pitchers feel like they have to go throw a shutout to give us a chance to win with the lack of runs we’ve been scoring.”
The bats did break out in a 13-10 win over Naperville Central on Saturday. Tyler Behrendt had three hits and four RBIs and Joe Kotch had three hits in that win.
However, the Rams have scored just four runs in their other four DVC games.
“To our kids’ credit we’ve been hitting the ball hard and not getting hits,” Pelland said. “It’s frustrating but it’s baseball.”
Despite the early struggles, Pelland remains confident the Rams can get back on track.
“I certainly didn’t think we were going to be 5-12 right now, but a thing I’ve said to a lot of people is that it was going to depend on how we prepare and how we compete and we’re just not there all seven innings,” Pelland said. “I have no doubt in my mind that if there’s any group of kids that can turn this around it’s going to be this group of kids. Our talent does not reflect our record, but it’s going to be up to them to right this ship.”