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Raiders see need for improvement
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
March 07, 2013 12:08 PM | 1213 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mitchell Webb takes aim and readies himself to swing during batting practice at East Paulding.
Mitchell Webb takes aim and readies himself to swing during batting practice at East Paulding.
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East Paulding baseball opened the season with a 4-0 loss to Marietta on Feb. 21, but they recovered with a win against Wheeler in the Dugout Tournament.

The season opener, according to head coach Tony Boyd, was an unimpressive way to kick off the year.

“We played OK, not great, but not bad either,” said Boyd.

While he wasn’t overjoyed with how his team played against Marietta, he said they “played good defense and overall pitched OK.”

However, Boyd also said his team struggled to get the ball in play on the offensive end and there were some things that just weren’t going their way in the pitching position.

“We did have too many walks and hit batsmen. We also only had one hit and struck out too many times. We have to put the ball in play better,” Boyd said.

During the Dugout Tournament, the Raiders faced off against the Wheeler Wildcats in game one and walked away with a 12-2 victory.

Game two of the tournament, East Paulding took home a 13-7 victory as they played the Norcross Blue Devils.

“[We] played pretty well against Wheeler. Pitched well, hit well and played good defense. We did not play as well defensively against Norcross and we didn’t pitch as well, but we did hit the ball well.

“We still have many things to improve on before we get to region play,” said Boyd.

At this point in the season, Boyd named several players as both most influential in games thus far and potential difference-makers for the team later in the season.

“Mitchell Webb, Jeremy Howell, Jackson Patrick, Brandon Gonzalez and McKay Petitta are some of our key guys,” said Boyd.

Gonzalez and Howell are seniors and return from last season while Patrick, Petitta and Webb are all returning juniors.

For this season, Boyd only named two goals for his team: “Work hard every day and get back to the state tournament.”

Last season the Raiders advanced to the second round of the state tournament after defeating Redan in two games in round one.

However, the Raiders lost in two games to Harris County to end their playoff run.
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