Yellow Jackets Coach Optimistic Despite Early Losses

Tombstone High softball beat Pima 18-8 on March 3.
Tombstone High softball beat Pima 18-8 on March 3.

The Yellow Jacket baseball team came up short in last weekend’s Bisbee tournament, including a disappointing loss against rival host Bisbee High.

The team went 2-3 and tied against St. David.

The Yellow Jackets started their double-header strong against St. Augustine Catholic on March 13, winning 5-1.  Freshman Daniel Gonzales pitched five full innings for the Yellow Jackets, giving up one unearned run and throwing five strikeouts.

The most disappointing loss was the following game against rival Bisbee High School. Tombstone came into the game with the memory of the March 11 12-2 pummeling by the Pumas still fresh. The Yellow Jackets fared only slightly better, losing to Bisbee 14-6.

Coach James Milligan said he believes the loss is due to one bad inning where the team allowed Bisbee to bring in nine runs.

“We had a total of eight errors that game,” Milligan said. “It has to be one of our worst games of the year defensively.”

The next day started fresh. They came back from the upset and beat Tanque Verde March 14.

Senior Chris Gonzales led the 7-2 win against the Hawks going 2-2 at the plate with a triple and two RBIs.  But the Yellow Jackets couldn’t sustain the momentum the next day, tying St. David and dropping 8-0 against Walden.

Things didn’t get any better after the conclusion of the tournament. Monday against San Manuel the Yellow Jackets suffered a 5-4 loss.

“We have to keep working hard,” Milligan said. “Our schedule is settling down a little bit and I’m sure we will pull it together to come out with more wins.”

The Yellow Jackets are at home at 4 p.m. March 21 to face Valley Union.

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