A strong division record is helping the Cobbler baseball players keep their heads up after some tough losses.
Sitting at 5-13, the Cobbler baseball team is entering the midway point of the season. Despite the record, the team is still second in the division behind Pierre (8-2). There is work to do, but division play has been great, with wins over Sturgis, Douglas (twice), and Stevens (twice).
Central’s 13 losses have been tough, with not a single game decided by 9 runs or less. Pitching is a very important piece of winning games, and the Cobblers have had a hard time maintaining control on the mound. Their most dominant pitcher no doubt is Matt Bowman–he has had some stellar performances this year. The challenge for Rapid City High School baseball is that their players are strictly high school players. While any pitchers who play for Post 22 or Post 320 are unavailable to the high school club, many out of district teams the club plays have a slight advantage because their team is made up of all legion players. Thus, many of the teams the Cobblers have played have had dominant pitching, making it a challenge to put multiple runs on the board. Also, many legion players train year round, whereas a high school team has three and a half months to get into the groove.
That said, after tough losses to the division rival Pierre, the Cobblers are hoping to recover by the end of May, where they will most likely meet the Governors again in the regional tournament. Central hopes to win the regional championship so they can go to the state tournament in Sioux Falls. Senior infielder Austin Lammers gave his two cents on the team’s performance halfway into the season:
“We’re getting closer to clicking but we haven’t found it yet. We need to learn to play 7 innings instead of mentally breaking down after a bad one. Talent is not the issue. It’s all mental. We are a dangerous team once we discover the right energy.”
Header image by Renee Gruis.