“We’re not a bad team, we’re just not winning games right now.” That’s how Pella Christian baseball coach Brad Rolffs describes where his team is at right now, as the Eagles suffered yet another hard-fought setback; this time a 7-2 home loss to ADM Thursday night. The recent losses have been mostly self-inflicted, something Eagles’ head coach Brad Rolffs says has been difficult to handle.
“It is kind of frustrating, because these kids are capable of playing a little bit better than they’re playing right now. We’re making too many errors, and then we add a mental error in there, and then you add a walk or a hit or two, and all of the sudden things just snowball,” said Rolffs.
“Right now we haven’t figured out how to go out there and only make one mistake an inning – because you can give up one mistake and still get out with only one run or no runs [given up]. We’ve got a few seniors stepping up and getting a little frustrated – and that’s what they need to do. They need to get up and say something to some of the guys and try to get them a little bit fired up and hopefully turn things around for us.”
Starting pitcher Andrew Vander Hart took the loss, pitching three innings and allowing four runs on four hits and two walks. The Eagles also got pitching out of freshman Dillon Branderhorst and senior Will VandeVoort in the loss.
At the plate, seniors Dan Hessing and Jordan Rossler led the way; with Hessing going 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored and Rossler hitting a double as he went 2-for-4. The loss drops the Pella Christian baseball team to 5-15 overall. They’ll get in a make-up game this evening at Fairfield.