Tonawanda News — It's been a long and, at times, trying year for the North Tonawanda baseball team. The Lumberjacks have only managed three Niagara Frontier League wins and despite good stretches, the team just never seemed to put it all together.
Until now — the final week of the regular season.
The Jacks (3-11) won back to back games for the first time in 2013 to close out the season over Kenmore West and East. NT scored a combined 24 runs in those games after scoring a combined 19 runs in its last six games.
NT coach Eric Partell has been preaching the importance of executing in all three phases of the game, and said he is proud of the way the Jacks have kept fighting. Especially through the hard times.
"I've been preaching all year that we needed to play in all three phases of the game to win: hitting, defense and pitching," he said. "For a lot of the season we'd have good pitching but the defense wouldn't back them up, or we'd have good hitting but we'd make a lot of errors. The last two games against East and West we've had all three phases going for us. We're trying to ride that high."
At the heart of the team and in the middle of the resurgence is senior center fielder Josh Brosius, who has raised his batting average to .302 after a slow start to the season. He leads the team in doubles (7) and walks (8).
Partell said Brosius is a talented ball player who puts in more time than anybody else to try and be the best.
"All off season he was at Sports Performance working on his swing," Partell said. "He was disappointed in his average last year. He's one of the few guys that's here before practice, stays after practice and is trying to get into the cage and take as many cuts as he can."