ORLEANSâ€“It is just a tough time to be a Ranger baseball player.
Lake Region lost their eighth game of the season on Saturday, 14-3 to People Academy, but coach Eric Degree saw some positives on the field from his club.
"My team's play has been a little better than it was earlier this week. They (PA) got a lot of breaks out there today and we did not get any. I got some guys who really starting to come around and we are playing improved defense."
Freshman Matt Messier got the call to take the hill, and the Wolves sent eight men to bat in the first against him. Three straight singles from Joey Hostetter, Mike Jaquish and Avery Cochran set the tempo for the inning. All three, along with the number five hitter Ryan Davis, scored in the inning, and the Rangers were in 4-0 hole just half an inning into the contest.
Messier, after throwing thirty-plus pitches in the first, settled down and threw two scoreless innings.
Unfortunately his opposition Kiley Moody was also throwing scoreless baseball
Scoring resumed in the fourth as Peoplesâ€™ touched Isaac Miller for three more runs and it was 7-0 before LR got on the board.
Corey Whitten singled and scored to break the shut-out in the Ranger fourth.
Both teams traded runs in the fifth with Kyle Perry reaching on an error and scoring on Messier's single for Lake Region.
But the Rangers got just one more run the rest of the way to Peoples' six as the Academy improve to 8-1 while LR dropped to 2-8.
With improved hitting from players like Sam Barbeau, Corey Whitten and Logan Harper, Degre's club will look for a bounce back game next time out when 6-4 Lyndon makes a visit to Ranger Country this Tuesday at