Gators drop opener to Northview

Baker baseball

Austin Hicks gets ready to deliver a pitch for Baker in the first inning against Northview on Thursday.

Published: Friday, February 21, 2014 at 01:03 AM.

BAKER — With two months until the District 3-1A tournament the Baker School baseball team still has plenty of time to improve and get a good seeding.

The Gator weaknesses surfaced Thursday night in their district opener in a 12-5 to Northview High School.

“We have to get back to the basics,” Baker Coach Adam Henry said after the Gators (1-3, 0-1) made five errors. “We are throwing the ball way too many times. If you throw that many times something bad is going to happen so we have to get back to the basics.

“We had plenty of chances. We have to get the ball out of the infield for one thing. We’ve got to be able to hit the ball, that’s our major problem right now.”

The Chiefs (3-0, 2-1) scored their 12 runs on just 10 hits. And while the Gators had five errors go on the books they made several other mental mistakes that led to Northview scores.

Northview took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Gators came back and tied things up in the bottom of the inning.

Baker was forced to try and play catch up the rest of the game when Northview scored three runs in the third.

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