The Evanston Township High School baseball team entered a matchup with Deerfield on April 12 in hopes of capturing its third victory in the last four games.
Unfortunately, that was not in the cards, as the Wildkits fell by a score of 5-1. In that game the Kits were held to just two hits, which came off the bats of senior Jake Snider in the first inning and senior Joe Epler in the sixth inning. The Kits’ lone run was generated when sophomore Noah Leib came around to score as a result of two wild pitches after he drew a walk.
Regarding his team’s performance against Deerfield, head coach Frank Consiglio said, “Outside of the first inning, we played fine. We gave up four runs in the first inning and we had four or five miscues.” The Coach explained, “We just made plays that we do not normally make that we would like to have back. But outside of that, we competed.”
The Coach continued, “The positive that you take out of something like that is when you give up four in the first and then hold them the rest of the way, you at least gave yourself a chance to come back and get it, so that is a positive.”
The loss to Deerfield dropped the Kits’ record to 7-5-1 overall on the season. When asked how he feels the season is going so far, the Coach said, “Inconsistent for a lot of reasons. Us not being able to get outside [due to inclement weather of late], us not being able to get workouts on the field [due to poor field conditions], thinking too much, overthinking.” The Coach continued, “Baseball is a game of routines. If you play baseball for a while, it is all routine. So, we just have to get into a routine where we are playing, we are getting our work in, and we are practicing, and it is a little bit more consistent, [then] we will become consistent.”
Coach Consiglio said the key to success for the rest of the season will be getting into a routine, after which things should work themselves out on the field. “Just getting into a routine. You have to get into a routine as a player, as a coach. Every time we start getting comfortable and getting into a routine, something we cannot control happens [such as a rainout]. So, it is frustrating on that end, but you just have to keep pushing forward and everybody is kind of in the same boat, and when you do have a chance to play, just compete and be aggressive.”
Next up, the Kits visit Glenbrook South on April 17 and then return to Evanston to host Glenbrook South on April 19.
“It is a heavyweight fight there,” said Coach Consiglio regarding the GBS matchups. “Anytime you get into your side of the conference, teams know each other. It is a two-game series and we are just going to grind it out. I think we played two one-run ball games last year with them. So, it is just going to be a grind it out mentality and hopefully you hold onto a lead late and win.”
After the GBS matchups, the Kits take on both Lake Forrest and Walter Payton Prep in morning and afternoon games April 21 in Evanston.