Lakeview High School baseball returned home licking their wounds following a difficult five-game spring break road trip, losing all but one game.
While most students spent the week on vacation, LHS Baseball Coach Bret Prock wanted to challenge his team, scheduling a weeklong excursion to play against top competition in Santiam Christian, Grants Pass, and Culver.
It was a chance to test the team, to see if the lessons taught in practice have translated to the field, and to gauge what still needs work.
“Right now our youth is showing, we haven’t had that definitive leader step up, but I know it will happen, that’s my challenge to them,” said Prock. “We have guys that have a lot of heart, but things are just not quite clicking yet.”
The road trip began with a double header against Santiam Christian, traditionally a top-10 team. LHS stayed in the game, trailing 9-6 thanks to a 3-run homer from Ronny Humphries, his second of the season in two games. Despite a valiant effort, LHS lost 14-6. In the second game LHS fared much worse, losing 10-0 in five innings.
During an off day in Corvallis the team took in an Oregon State baseball game, then carpooled in three vehicles south for a game against the Grants Pass JV team on March 24.
Again the youth and lack of mental preparedness showed, losing to Grants Pass JV 9-4.
“Ask any of the 15 guys on the trip and they’d say there’s no way we don’t beat those guys nine out of ten times,” said Prock of the Grants Pass game. “Logan (Staub) pitched very well for four innings, but we made errors in the field and gave up some unearned runs. What’s important is how we respond to errors, and right now our body language isn’t right.”