STANTON — When it came to figuring out why the Central Montcalm baseball team didn’t do as well as coach Rocky Studley would have liked, he boiled it down to one thing.
“We had too many errors,” he said. “That was the deal. We played ball with some pretty good teams. But we had too many errors on the year.”
If there was anything that Studley liked, it was his team getting some experience on the diamond.
“I liked the fact that we were young,” he said. “We were starting six underclassmen on a regular basis and we got some good results from them. But we’d play a good team and have one bad inning hurt us. But the future is looking brighter. That’s the gist of it for me.”
Studley, who wouldn’t give out the Green Hornets’ record, mentioned some players who he thought stood out this season.
“Offensively I had Jessie Petersen, who was a sophomore, bat .319 for us,” Studley said. “He got hurt halfway through but he was on a rampage. Jake Ebels was another sophomore for me and he hit put the ball in play Oryan Wetherington hit .339 for me. He led our team in doubles. Austin Edwards was a senior for us. He hit .315 and was a pretty solid ball player.”
Studley said he thinks the 2014 squad can be better than 2013.
“I think we’re on the rise,” he said. “We have some younger kids that could make some contributions for us. We’re going to grow.”
But cutting down the errors should be the biggest priority for those players in the offseason, according to Studley.
“We have to focus on the simple part of the game,” he said. “Field the ball, throw the ball, catch the ball. If we do that we’re in every game we play in.”