It was a difficult way to start the baseball season for the North Lake Cowboys, losing both games in a double header to Lost River 12-2 and 12-1 on Saturday, April 5.
The softball team took its lumps as well on the same day, losing to Lost River 19-0 in the first game and 30-3 in the second of their double header.
Despite the scores, coaches are proud of how the teams are willing to learn and grow after getting the first game jitters out of the way.
“They are willing to learn, willing to listen, and they played a good game, just a bit outmatched,” said North Lake Softball Asst. Coach Alisa McElhatten.
Several players from the softball team were absent for pre-arranged travel plans, forcing the team to start five brand new players, most of which were in a position that they hadn’t even practiced before. Coaches look forward to having full-strength rosters for the next opponents.
For the baseball team, it was a lack of offense that sealed their fate, not getting a hit in game one and only managing two hits in game two, from Jubal Pierson and Nathan Gilbert.
The bright takeaway from the games was the solid pitching from Matt Henkel in game one, striking out seven batters in four innings. In both games the big inning hurt, giving up six run innings to Lost River in both, aided by a seven-error fifth inning.
North Lake next traveled to play Mountain View JV in Bend on Tuesday, April 8. The North Lake baseball and softball teams will both travel to Lakeview on Thursday, April 17, to face the LHS junior varsity teams.