After an undefeated start to the regular season, Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School’s baseball coach was pragmatic: the Gators were heading into a stretch against strong pitching.
Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.
The caution proved warranted as a young, and flu-ravaged team lost the next four games, two by mercy rule and another after the Gators managed a single hit.
The Gators are 3-4 with a visit by Port St. Joe Friday at 7 p.m. ET.
A Tuesday game with Altha was cancelled due to the absence of three starters because of the flu.
“We are just real young,” said Wewahitchka coach Tony Muina. “Right now, I am starting two middle-schoolers, three ninth-graders and two sophomores.
“It is the youngest high school team I’ve seen play baseball. It is a junior varsity team age-wise.”
The issue was compounded when three starters came down with the flu, missing Monday’s game against Vernon and forcing the cancellation of the Altha contest.
The skid began with a 13-2 mercy rule loss at Bozeman and was followed by a 3-1 loss at Vernon.
During Spring Break, the Gators traveled to Liberty County, losing 14-3 in another mercy-rule decision.
Kyler Stoker led off the game for Wewahitchka with a double, Troy Davis had two hits and drove in a run and Harley Redd drove in a run with a sacrifice bunt.
“We had the lead into the third inning but it didn’t last long,” Muina said. “We are just not consistent at the plate.”
At home against Vernon Monday, Waylon Pitts allowed just one Gator hit while striking out 12.
It was Pitts’ second defeat of the Gators in roughly 10 days.
Bo Brown had an RBI single followed an error and sacrifice to plate Wewahitchka’s only run of the game.
Gator pitchers walked 10 batters in the 8-1 loss.
“You just can’t pitch that way and win,” Muina said.