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Analysis: Evergreen Park Baseball Shows Signs

Mustangs take positives away from their loss to highly touted Mt. Carmel.

to Mt. Carmel, Evergreen Park is on the way to doing good things, Mustangs baseball coach Mark Smyth said.

Smyth was happy with the performance that starting pitcher Ben Modesitt gave him. Modesitt went four innings with six strikeouts. “Ben, I thought, pitched well,” Smyth said.

However, Smyth did say that he needs more innings out of Modesitt, which Modesitt agrees. “We need to get Ben to push deeper into a game,” Smyth said.

Modesitt said that on Wednesday his off-speed pitches were working well. However, he was frustrated in giving up 0-2 hits. Moving forward, he said keeping his off-speed pitches working well and getting ahead early in the count will be key.

Smyth said his team’s best hitter, senior Dan Cronin, will come through better in the clutch moving forward. “Our best hitter, Cronin, had a tough day with runners in scoring position. But he’ll come through eventually.”

Rust also was a factor Wednesday with all of the game cancellations/ postponements from last week. “It’ll come around," Smyth said. "We’re close. We’re getting there. We’ll be all right.”

Looking ahead, Smyth said fundamentals will be key. “If we limit our mistakes, we have a chance to win a ballgame. And that’s what we’re trying to do.”

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