St. Mary Central 12s head to Alexandria on Friday
By GEOFFREY STOUTE
St. Mary Central 12-year-old All-Stars coach Carter Askew said his squad plays well as a team.
That team mentality will be needed this weekend, especially on the mound, when they open play in the Majors (11- and 12-year-old) North Regional Tournament in Alexandria.
St. Mary’s pitching squad is on the mend as the coaching staff is trying to work several pitchers back into the lineup who are returning from injuries. Askew said another, Mitchell Frederick, was lost for the postseason due to injury
“It remains a concern,” Askew said of pitching depth. “In fact, it’s my only concern.”
In its last outing, an 11-6 loss to Franklin in the district championship game, Franklin jumped out to a 7-1 lead after three innings with two of those runs scoring via wild pitches.
Franklin was able to get several runners on via walks and move several over because of passed balls and wild pitches, as Askew was allowing some of his pitchers, who have been injured, to get some work in for the next round of the postseason.
Askew said his team is better than what it showed in Tuesday night’s championship game. It will get its chance to make amends Friday when it opens play in the eight-team, double-elimination North Regional with a 6:30 p.m. matchup against the Monroe Americans.
“We are a lot better than what we showed last night (Tuesday). I think the kids kind of felt like they were moving on regardless; so did everybody else,” Askew said Wednesday, admitting he was in that number. “We were kind of laissez-faire. But we can’t be like that anymore. Every game counts.”
Despite the adversity facing St. Mary on the mound, Askew does not lack confidence in his team’s ability, saying that he feels good about St. Mary’s chances.
“If we bring our A-game, nobody can touch us,” he said. “But they got to bring their A-game every night from here on out.”