June 7, 2009
By Michael Coppinger
VIENNA, Va. — The Senators never got the bats going and fell to the Carney Pirates 5-1 Sunday afternoon at Waters Field.
The team continues to adjust to wood bats, and they only managed a meager three hits against Pirates starter Matt Crouse. Crouse took advantage of the solid defense behind him to frustrate the Senators, allowing the lone Senators run of the game on an Austin Booker RBI single in the fifth.
“We're going to work on it (batting) every day until we get better,” Manager Chris Burr said. “Offense is a hard thing to get going with these guys when they make the transition to the wood bats from the aluminum, so this isnít unusual.”
In contrast to the Pirates, the Senators defense was spotty, with two errors and a few misplays that could not be ruled errors. “We didnít put many people on base and on top of that we had a defensive mistake that hurt us. We walked too many hitters and we walked too many lead-off hitters,” Burr said.
Overall, the contest was well pitched and went unusually fast, lasting just under two hours. It would have ended even sooner, if not for the Piratesí big ninth inning. Ryan Camp, making his debut in relief for the Senators, struggled with command. He allowed three runs on only one hit, but walked five, including two in the ninth with the bases loaded. The three run inning allowed the Pirates to break up a 2-1 game and put things out of reach.
One bright spot for the Senators was pitcher Kyle Hald. Last season, Hald was an anchor of the Senators rotation. He went 6-0 with a 3.05 ERA during the regular season, and he pitched the Senators to a win in their opener in Wichita. He continued that success against the Pirates, allowing one hit and striking out three in two innings of work. He was the only Senators pitcher not to allow a run.
The Senators continue league play Tuesday with a doubleheader against the Fairfax Nationals at Fairfax High School. The first game is a makeup from June 5th and will be played at 5pm with the Senators as the home team. The second game will be seven innings with the Nationals as the home team and is scheduled to start at 8pm.
By Michael Coppinger