Tonawanda News — Preston Smith and Rob McNamara each had a pair of hits in the game for Ken East. Simon was happy with his hitters’ approach at the plate throughout the game, forcing NT pitchers to throw strikes with their patience.
Sophomore shortstop Luke Simmons made several big plays in the field but booted a routine ground ball in the seventh that allowed the Jacks to continue their rally.
Simon said he is thrilled with the way Simmons has played this season and thinks he’ll use good and bad experiences to keep improving his game.
“He made some great plays and even though he struggled during certain parts of the game he stayed with it very well,” he said. “He’s a sophomore and he’ll grow from experiences like this.”
Partell was happy with the way his team kept fighting even after going down by so many runs. He said it’s hard to come all the way back when the team spots its opponent 14 runs.
“The defense has to catch up to the offense,” he said. “But it’s early and we’ve showed signs. Hitting has been good and the pitchers have showed signs, but it has to all come together. Hopefully we’ll get some outside practices and we’ll be able to work on some things and correct a few things. We’re almost there.”
Contact sports editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.Contact sports editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.