By Erin Holloway
Volunteer State Community College’s baseball team faced off against Parkland College in a cold and windy double header Monday, Feb. 25.
In a tight first game, the Pioneers were able to hold off Parkland for a 4-3 win.
“Pitching was very effective- that’s what got us the win,” said assistant coach Jason Barrett. “They came out and competed. They have the talent, it’s there. If they just play hard and compete like they did in game one, it’ll pay off.”
Parkland College would win game two after scoring eight runs in the third inning mostly due to walks. The Pioneers would go on to drop game two 12-0.
“We ran into a good team and they capitalized off our mistakes. So, our pitching and defense needs to get better,” said Barrett.
“We just weren’t tapped in mentally,” said centerfielder Noah Brock. “We had a shot to get back in it, but we let it slip away.”
Head coach Ryan Hunt said, “It’s hard to stay positive when you’re down, but I told the guys, ‘You must stay positive. Don’t worry about the scoreboard- that hinders you more than helps you. No matter how much we’re down, we stay positive because in a sport like baseball, you always have a chance, one run can turn into three, and three can turn into six. We just stay positive and play our best game and stick to what works for us.’”
The Pioneers had nine games over Spring Break.
There were three games against Roane State Community College, with the first on Friday, March 1, at 1 p.m., and the next two on Saturday, March 2, at noon and 2:30 p.m.
The next three games at home were against Schoolcraft College, with the first on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m., and the next two on Tuesday, March 5, at noon and 2 p.m.
The next three games at home were against Columbia State Community College, with the first on Friday, March 8 at 2 p.m., and the next two on Saturday, March 9 at noon and 2 p.m.
Their first game after Spring Break will be against Motlow State Community College on Wednesday, March 13, at 4 p.m. on the main Vol State campus.