Eagles blow lead, remain winless

By Christopher Miles

April 12, 2014

When it rains, it pours.

The Madison-Plains baseball team is finding out that Idiom has some serious truth to it.

The Golden Eagles (0-6, 0-2) have yet to win a game this season and unfortunately for first-year coach Zach Durban and his team it’s been a series of different things that are preventing them from having a few marks in the win column already.

The most gut-wrenching defeat occurred Thursday, April 10, at home against Mid-State League Ohio Division foe Grandview Heights. The Eagles had what appeared to be a commanding 7-2 lead disappear and ultimately result in a 11-7 defeat.

“We had a good lead of 7-2 going into the fifth,” Durban said. “We were playing good defense, pitching well, and were able to manufacture some runs in several ways. At that point we’d played a pretty solid game.”

Like the Central Ohio weather in spring, things changed in a hurry. A series of walks and errors led to a big inning for the Bobcats and the Eagles were unable to bounce back. The coach knows that his team is capable of playing with good teams and beating them, they just need to find a way.

“We gave up four or five walks in the top of the fifth and had another error or two,” he said. “Other than one blow up inning, we played well enough to win (Thursday). We’ve found different ways to lose a few games this year that are down right frustrating. We’ve given away at least three possible wins.”

The coach said he and his coaching staff are in the process of keeping the team focused on the task at hand and preventing them from spinning out of control. With the losses piling up it might be easy to bail on the season, but the coach said he hasn’t seen any of that and doesn’t expect to either.

“Right now, we need to get healthy mentally and prepare for that next game,” Durban said. “Having a short memory and focusing on the next game, next out and next pitch will be the key to our success. We’ve got some young and inexperienced guys who are really starting to come around both offensively and defensively. Now we have to start putting all the pieces together for a whole game. I am confident in our players and admire their efforts as we are in a slow start this season.”


Worthington Christian 5,

West Jefferson 0

Take it and forget it.

That might be the best thing the West Jefferson tennis team can do after taking one on the chin against Worthington Christian Thursday, April 10.

The Roughriders won just one point on all five courts combined.

Jim Foster dropped his first singles match 6-0, 6-0 to senior Joel Montgomery, Garrett Beachy fell 6-0, 6-1 at second singles to freshman Chris Tsibouris and Mike Romanov came up on the losing end of a 6-0, 6-0 decision to freshman Ben Kindberg at third singles.

Grant Dersom and Daniel Hadidon were shut out at first doubles 6-0, 6-0 by juniors Steven Ruane and Ben Baacke, while Caitlin Greer and Alex Lutz suffered the same 6-0, 6-0 fate at the hands of Jacob Eriksen and Noah Cardosi.

Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 18 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.