Sparks hosted the Colts in a non-conference doubleheader and suffered a drubbing in both contests as Wooster took a 19-3 victory in Game 1 before winning 12-1 in the second game. Both games ended early due to the 10-run mercy rule.
“We had too many errors in the field and jitters at the plate,” Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. “We had thirteen hits in both games combined, but we were only able to generate four runs in two games. We just didn’t have a good approach at the plate today.
“In the field, errors killed us today. We had 13 errors in the first game. We kept giving them second and third chances and you can’t do that. You just can’t do that and that’s how runs got generated. When they had runners in scoring position, that’s when our errors came. You have to defend properly or good teams like Wooster will take advantage. I don’t know if it was the wind or what, but we had a very bad lack of focus.”
After the Colts coasted to a 19-3 win in the first contest, Maddie Marable led the WHS effort in Game 2 with a double, triple and home run to cap off a six hit day. Erica Handegard also homered for the Wooster to help the offensive output.
Sparks (2-7) will open Division I-A North play as it host North Tahoe Saturday in a doubleheader. First pitch of Game 1 is scheduled for 11 a.m. Avilla said the Railroaders will have to find their confidence in order to get back in the winning column.
“It starts with their mental approach. They have to have confidence,” he said. “We’re going to continue to keep working on that. Coaches and players have to accept that accountability. We’re getting there, but we take a couple steps forward and then a couple steps back. I’d expect us to be further along, but we just have to believe that we can do it. We continue to keep battling and that’s a plus.”