Eagles with fifth straight lopsided win
WOODBURY — Head coach Dave Darr's post-game meeting with his New Life Academy players out in left field took almost as long as the game itself.
"I think we settled today, I do," said Darr. "I think we came in — St. Croix Lutheran has been a rival and we usually play a pretty tight games and we won decently—and then tomorrow is another big game against Southwest Christian. So, you hate to say we're overlooking somebody and maybe that happened. Maybe we're tired because we've played five games in five days."
"We made some mental things today that we normally don't," Darr continued. "We control that stuff. We control not running hard. We control what pitches we swing at and what we're trying to do with the ball. All that stuff and I just felt like mentally we didn't take at-bats like we should have. The errors that we had happened. I think we just need to be a little sharper mentally."
Having said that, the Eagles still racked up another convincing win Wednesday, dispatching a visiting Spectrum team 11-1 in six innings at Health East Sports Center field 14.
New Life has been on a T-Rex of a roll since the season began, chomping to five lopsided wins in five games by scores of 10-1, 22-1, 19-1, 10-0 and then 11-1 Wednesday.
The Eagles started the week with a 19-1 victory over Maranatha Christian Academy, then blanked St. Croix Lutheran Academy 10-0 in five innings Tuesday. Wednesday it was Spectrum's turn.
Cooper Falteisek had a double and a two-run single that ended the game while Noah Rodriguez had a pair of doubles to lead New Life hitting. Zach Thor and Colin Quirk had a double and a single each. Cooper Amon had two singles and two RBIs Riley Grohn hit a pair of singles.
Sophomore Peter Bouillon stated on the mound and went the distance for the Eagles, scattering seven hits, while striking out four and walking none.
"We're throwing the ball really well," said Darr. "And you can tell the last inning there we field the ball really well. We've only had one error through four games coming into today and for a high-school team — even the really good teams we've had — we're not major-league players so we're going to make some mistakes. And we play very good defense and even today, when a team gets a rally going, somebody has been making a play to stop it. Which is great. So if we throw strikes and keep doing what we're doing and play the defense we're playing we're going to be in most every ball game."