Richland’s baseball team suffered a temporary setback on April 30, losing a doubleheader to Brookhaven, 5-1 and 10-4.
The Thunderducks are trying to finish the season strong since, at press time, the last games of the regular season were scheduled for May 6 and 7 against Cedar Valley. At press time Richland’s record was 26-22.
“We’ve had a lot of ups and downs. We started it off slow and then we started to play really, really well,” head coach Guy Simmons said.
The season has been full of obstacles for the Thunderducks. The inclement weather and a couple of injuries contributed to a slow start.
Although the team hasn’t played at its peak in the last few games, the Thunderducks have showed impressive potential before. The only thing they have to do is put everything together, Simmons said.
“Hopefully, we can turn it around,” he said.
Second baseman Oscar Betancourt said the team is doing everything they can when the weather is favorable.
“Whenever we practice on the field, we give all we’ve got to be ready for a game,” Betancourt said.
Shortstop Pierce Khan said that despite the defeats, he feels confident the team will be prepared for the remaining games and the playoffs.
“I think it’s all on our head right now,” Khan said.
Despite the difficulties, Simmons is not worried because he knows that all the teamshave had the same problem with the weather. At this point, all the teams have the same opportunity, he said.
Also, he tries to take one game at a time and not worry excessively about the future.
“We have to win this weekend and then I will worry for the region tournament, which will be in a couple weeks ... and if we get in, anything can happen,” Simmons said.
“I feel if we play as a team ... knowing how capable we are, definitely we have a good chance to get to the national championship,” Betancourt said.
For more information about the results and the schedule visit www.richlandcollege.edu/athletics/baseball.