Baker baseball team drops opener

Baker baseball

Baker’s Bubba Ellis is held on base by Fort Walton Beach first baseman Kevin Jones on Monday.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 05:04 PM.

FORTWALTON BEACH— First-year Baker School baseball coach Adam Henry knows it will probably take time for his team to grow into a cohesive unit.

Henry is the Gators' third head coach in as many years.

Many of Class 1A Baker’s weaknesses were exposed Monday as the Gators opened the 2014 season against 7A Fort Walton Beach.

The Vikings pounded out eight hits, drew five walks and had two batters hit by a pitch in a 13-0 win over the Gators. And for good measure, the Gators committed four errors.

On the other hand, Baker had just two hits and five base runners in the game that was called in the fifth inning on the 10-run mercy rule.

Henry didn’t have to look far for teaching points for the Gators.

“We’ve got to work on (not making) errors for one thing,” he said. “We've got to work on hitting the fast ball. We’ve just got to work on getting better all the way around.

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