Friday, October 31, 2014

OLM baseball taking a swing with young team


By Christopher Dunn

Jordan Rachmann came on in relief with a steady performance. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)

On a cold night, the Our Lady of Mercy baseball team tried to light a fire against Haralson County. Miscues cost them early in a loss to Haralson County on Tuesday, but there's still plenty for a young team to build on.
“On paper, we're outmatched by some teams just based on experience, but, in the game of baseball, you can neutralize those if you play sound baseball. We're not there yet, but hopefully we're gonna do that," said Mercy coach Kevin Nix. "Our hitting is starting to come around a little bit. Defensively we have to come to the ballpark ready to play everyday."
The Bobcats are relying on a host of young players around veterans like Austin Loper.
"We're a real young team. I see some good things," Nix added. "I see some guys that have been in the program for three years like a Christian White. He's been a sub. Now he's one of my leading hitters. He's making plays in the outfield."
There's promise there, like in freshman Jordan Rachmann. Rachmann plays older than his age, coming on in relief and making the Rebels put the ball in play.
"He's real steady. He's got a level head. He doesn't try to do things he can't do," Nix said. "The defense knows what he's going to do. He's going to put the ball across the plate and you've got a chance."
The Bobcats aren't where they want to be so far, but as the weather warms up they've got the talent to heat up along with it.


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