Maryville baseball started the season with a less than stellar pitching performance and an offense that appeared non-existent at times. With the regular season nearing its end, the Spoofhounds have managed to hit their groove at an ideal time.
When the calendar flipped from March to April, something started to click for the ‘Hounds as they found themselves performing with a level of consistency they had yet to experience this season. The offense found its stride at the plate allowing Maryville to win every game except for one since the start of April.
The Spoofhounds have grabbed two key wins, coming against St. Joseph-Lafayette April 12 and Chillicothe April 15. The game against Lafayette was one to remember as the ‘Hounds managed to pull off a six-run comeback.
Coach Carson Riedel said his team’s ability to fight through was a big part to the come back.
“I think it speaks volumes about the growth of the team,” Riedel said. “The guys could have easily given up when they saw the score was 6-0.”
Picking up a win over Lafayette was big for the Spoofhounds as they gained some much-needed confidence going into the Pony Express Tournament where they faced against Chillicothe in the first round. Connor Weiss had some strong remarks after the team's remarkable comeback.
“We did not give up, and that is what you want,” Weiss said. “We are not a soft team, so we had to prove that.”
Maryville got off to a slow start as they did not get any offense going until the third inning. The Spoofhounds were only down for a short time before they quickly took the lead from the Hornets. The ‘Hounds exploded offensively, bringing in four runs in the third inning and taking a commanding three-run lead over Chillicothe.
Rattling off a couple of wins in this fashion will prove useful for the ‘Hounds down the road. The Spoofhounds have realized that they do not always see success when seeing a pitcher for the first time at the plate.
“I have started to notice that the team as a whole likes to get a look at the pitcher before we try to hit him,” Riedel said. “We have not really jumped on anybody right out of the gates before we get a look at them this year, which has become somewhat of a trend for us.”
After beating Chillicothe, Maryville put itself in a position to exact revenge on Savannah after scoring just three runs in the team’s first two meetings. On the other hand, Savannah has put up 26 runs scoring 13 in each game.
Maryville’s sole loss of April came against the Savages on April 9. The Spoofhounds will be prepared for the third meeting with a chip on their shoulder. The ‘Hounds will hope to carry their recent success into the matchup with Savannah with whom they have had little success against.
“Savannah has been a tough opponent for us so far this year,” Riedel said. “We have been hot at the plate lately, so hopefully we can rely on our familiarity with them to keep the bats going.”
Maryville was not able to continue their hot streak at the plate against the Savages as they fell 10-0. The Spoofhounds will have a chance to play for third place in the tournament 6:30 p.m. April 18.