Tigers played a full week of games, leading to a weekend away game.
On Monday, Excelsior Springs played St. Joe Central in their third game of the season where the Tigers beat the Indians 6-5.
This game took place the week after spring break, which Head Coach Aaron Holst said he scheduled with intense practices.
“We didn’t have any games during the spring break week, so there was a lot of intersquad scrimmaging, where we got our pitchers a little bit of work … we spent more time focusing on the offensive side of things,” Holst said. “We had an additional batting practice on Sunday afternoon even.”
Holst said the coaching staff currently works on offensive work such as timing at the plates, which they think can become one of their constant strengths. He said the team wants to make sure they get repetition and firing on all cylinders down when they can.
Holst said having zero errors provided the key to the Tigers' win on Monday.
“If you look under that column on the scoreboard, the fact that we played so cleanly was probably ultimately the difference in the game,” Holst said. “Us being able to turn a double play and do that kind of thing throughout the game was huge.”
For Monday, Holst said he wanted to give a shout out to the freshman catcher Kian Dollins who plated a huge RBI early in the game. In the top of the seventh, Dollins threw out an attempted steal. Holst said that move killed any rally St. Joe Central might have put together.
Seniors Jax Gibson and Alex Arthur gave five really good innings of pitching. Holst said Gibson got the win, and Arthur got the save. Tiger fans should keep an eye on senior Zane Wilson, who turned his frustration at Monday’s game into motivation.
Because St. Joe Central plays in a difference conference, the Tigers won’t play them again in the regular season. The Indians won districts last year, so winning against them was a nice boost for the Tigers, Holst said.
Tuesday, the Tigers will play Oak Grove. Coverage will be included in this week's Standard. On Thursday they played Warrensburg. Coverage of this game will be included in upcoming issues of the Standard.
“We’re obviously looking forward to this Saturday when we go to St. Louis and play a state-ranked team in Lutheran South,” Holst said. “It will kind of give us a quick measuring stick as to how we stack up with some of the better teams in the state since we’re currently ranked number four.”