By Trevor Busch
The Vauxhall Spurs split an exhibition doubleheader versus Medicine Hat over the weekend.
In the first game, the Spurs took a 16-13 loss, but bounced back with a 11-4 win in game two.
“We played well all day, which was a bonus. I think we’re still trying to find a little bit of an identity as a team,” said head coach Joel Blake.
“We’re struggling just to stay in the game for seven innings. When you have a doubleheader, it’s a little bit of challenge right now just keeping themselves focused and ready to play.”
Blake commented the team is still in the process of finding itself and working out some kinks in early season play.
“The second game went better after we had a bit of a chat. It’s just about guys buying back into the program. It’s not easy — they’re with different teams all through the year, and their high school teams. We just need to gel here pretty quick.”
It was an overall team effort during the doubleheader on Saturday, according to Blake.
“Our pitching was pretty good all the way through. We swung it pretty well all day — nobody really sticks out, it was team effort as far as offense and pitching wise.”
The Spurs team next plays Fort Macleod on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Jets Stadium.
“We played them once in the pre-season tournament. They’ll battle, they’ll compete. We’ve just got to play defence and throw strikes, get on base — that’s what it comes down to.”
The Spurs will be in Medicine Hat on Saturday and play Lethbridge on Sunday.