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Addison Trail baseball hopes to be on the upswing

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 3:30 p.m. CDT
(Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com)
Addison Trail's Joe Amato fields a ground ball and throws to first base in Wednesday's home game against Willowbrook. Amato had five hits in the three-game series, but the Blazers were swept by the Warriors.

ADDISON – After a sluggish start, Addison Trail baseball is hoping that it has a run in it.

The Blazers were swept by Willowbrook in a recent series, dropping AT to 0-6 in the West Suburban Gold. The Warriors won each game by at least five runs even though the Blazers held early leads in two of the games.

“It’s what’s been going on for us all season,” AT coach Michael Kennedy said after the series finale of Wednesday. “It’s the second game that we’ve jumped to a lead on these guys and gave it back to them.”

The Blazers led 3-2 after three innings, but a four-run fourth inning gave Willowbrook the lead for good in a 10-5 Warrior win. Willowbrook won 6-1 Friday and 12-3 Saturday.

Kennedy was frustrated by his team’s defensive miscues that led to big Willowbrook innings.

“You can’t give good teams extra outs and that’s what we did,” Kennedy said. “When it came time to make a big play, we didn’t make it and they made it.”

The offense is showing signs of improvement. Joe Amato was 5-for-9 in the series and Frank Amato was 5-for-8.

“Our approach has been better,” Kennedy said. “We’re young and we’re still making some of those youthful mistakes. We really need to limit those if we want to start winning some baseball games.”

Despite the recent struggles, Kennedy remained optimistic for the future.

“I think this team has the talent to win,” he said. “I think going forward from here I see us putting together a nice little stretch. Our bats are starting to come together. We just got to sure up some things on defense and you’ll a different Addison Trail starting this weekend.”

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