Errors hurt Weston-McEwen hardballers in loss to Stanfield

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STANFIELD — The Weston-McEwen baseball team finished with more errors than hits, as they dropped their final nonleague game to Stanfield, 6-2, on Tuesday.

“Against a good team, they’ll take advantage of that,” TigerScot coach T.J. Haguewood said of his team’s four errors. “We just haven’t played clean baseball yet, where we make the plays consistently, (to) get out of the inning.”

Weston-McEwen starter Justin Burke pitched admirably, as he went four innings and allowed just two hits and one earned run.

“Justin Burke threw the ball great,” Haguewood said. “We just didn’t support him in the field. Routine plays that need to be made that weren’t.”

Stanfield opened a 3-0 lead after the bottom of the first, as the Tigers took advantage of two errors in the inning.

The TigerScots’ best chance came in the third as Weston-McEwen trailed 3-1, but loaded the bases with one out.

Stanfield pitcher Ryan Bailey quashed the rally, however, as he promptly struck out the next two TigerScot batters to keep the lead intact.

“He threw the ball well but it’s not something we haven’t seen before,” Haguewood said. “We need to compete a little better at the plate. We hit the ball hard, but right at people.”

The TigerScots open Blue Mountain Conference play with a doubleheader against Condon Wheeler on Saturday.

Stanfield 6, Weston-McEwen 2

W-M 001 010 0 — 2 3 4

Stanfield 300 120 X — 6 4 1

Burke, Patrick (5) and Hall. Bailey, Grogan (6) and Sather.

HR — none.

Hits — W-M: Hall, Burke, Patrick. Stanfield: Monkus, Bailey, Linker, Grogan.

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