Inexperience and heart displayed in Cardinal baseball losses

            The Garner-Hayfield-Ventura baseball team played three times.

            And despite a 6-1 win on May 28 against North Iowa, the more recent games left a sting.

            On Wednesday the Cardinals would fall to Forest City on the road 6-16.

            Belmond-Klemme then visited Garner on Friday and walked away with the 10-8 win.

            The two defeats served as a stark contrast to the North Iowa win.

            It reaffirmed the fact that there’s still inexperience in the GHV lineup and despite having a good start to the year, fundamental mistakes will happen from time to time.

            In both losses, it was mainly defensive and pitching struggles that caused the team trouble.

            “When your offense is constantly playing catch up it’s tough to swing back from that,” coach Shawn Schlecter said.

            Against Forest City, it was fielding errors that sunk the team.

            For the Belmond game, pitching had shown its first signs of trouble this season.

            “It’s tough to win ball games when you walk nine hitters,” Schlecter said. 

Read the complete story in the June 5 Leader.

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