Early energy key for Trojans

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Jay Fields brings a pitch to home for the Trojans in a varsity tilt on Monday in Purdy. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Southwest eyeing a run at a district title

Sometimes players need a dose of total honesty about the way they play.

On Monday, after a 10-5 loss to Purdy, Kenny Ferguson, Southwest baseball coach, turned into that messenger.

He did not yell at or berate his team, but simply told his Trojans that they were a better team than what they showed against the Eagles.

“I think we had some guys that had some thoughts that we had lost this game before it started,” Ferguson said. “We can beat them. We beat them last fall, and we can beat them in the spring. You got to play clean, and defensively, we’d been doing that until tonight.”

Southwest fell behind 9-0 after three innings before they were able to stop the bleeding and get the offense rolling.

“Purdy is a good hitting team,” Ferguson said. “Honestly, I thought we got squeezed on a couple of pitches. Any time you have to get [the ball out] over the plate, they’re going to put a good swing on it. Not to take anything away from them. They are a good ball club, but we didn’t get ready to play until the third inning.”

Ferguson told his players they have to be locked in and ready to play from the first pitch.

“We can’t wait for one or two guys to get a hit before we decide to get fired up,” Ferguson said. “We just have to have a short memory on the bad things and keep moving forward.”

Ferguson told the Trojans there is still a long season in front of them and a district title is still within their grasp.

The Trojans travel to Wheaton on Monday. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.

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