Considering how the past week had gone, Saturday’s contest against St. Augustine could have been a major turning point for the Holy Cross baseball team.
After starting off 4-0 in Catholic League play, the Tigers (12-13) lost all three of their games this week and hoped a win Saturday could bring their recent slump to an end.
They did just that, making a late-game comeback to take down the Purple Knights 4-3 in a District 9-5A game at Wesley Barrow Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
“We just had to get our minds right and really focus,” said Holy Cross outfielder Wes Robinson, who finished the day 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
“We came out kind of slow, but it was big for us to finish strong and get the win. We just have to keep working and fight our way out of this slump.”
Despite its rough week, Saturday’s win allows Holy Cross to take sole possession of second place in the Catholic League standings with a 5-2 record after the first round of district play.
Holy Cross coach Cass Hargis said that his team can compete for the district crown, but it all begins with the way they go about putting in their work on a daily basis.
“Bringing the energy and intensity to practice every day, we’ve got to get back to that,” Hargis said. “It all starts with getting back to practice on Monday and preparing for this last stretch because we know it’s going to be a tough road the rest of the way.”
The Tigers trailed through four innings, but finally got their bats going when Tre Turner hit a leadoff double to begin the fifth. Two batters later, Turner scored on a St. Aug error.
Robinson gave Holy Cross the lead in the fifth with an RBI single that brought Mickey Toscano home and gave his team the deciding margin.
Holy Cross reliever Alex Wiltz, who struck out six of the 10 batters he faced, retired the side in order in the final inning to finish off the win.
“It’s good to get off that losing streak, but I still think we need to play harder,” said Turner, an Arizona State signee. “We are a good team when we play hard and play fast. We just have to keep it up consistently.”
After falling behind 2-0 following the first inning, the Purple Knights (9-13-1, 0-8) got themselves back in the game with three consecutive two-out hits in the second inning, concluding with an RBI double by Jude Luke.
Two batters later, Darryl Landry put St. Aug ahead with a two-run single into right field that gave his team a 3-2 lead, but that would be the team’s only runs of the day.
The Purple Knights have now lost 10 games in a row.