After beating Vernon Hills 8-6 on April 9, the Evanston Township High School baseball team took on Deerfield on April 11 in search of a second straight victory. Unfortunately, that was not in the cards as the Wildkits fell to the Warriors by a score of 6-0.
In that game, after Deerfield took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third, the Kits appeared to be in position to bounce back. They had two runners on base with one out after senior Chris Wolfe was hit by a pitch and sophomore Connor Groff drew a walk. But unfortunately, that opportunity did not result in any runs scored as Deerfield got out of the jam. From there, Deerfield scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth off starting pitcher Noah Leib to take a commanding 6-0 lead. That lead proved to be more than enough as the Kits were unable to get the bats going over the next three innings, allowing the Warriors to come away with the victory.
Regarding his team’s performance against Deerfield, Coach Frank Consiglio said, “We did not compete. We were not aggressive. We struck out eight out of nine times after we gave up a five spot (in the fourth inning). We did not make routine plays in the outfield, routine plays in the infield.” The Coach explained, “I thought the worst part was the lack of aggression from our team, and that is what I talked to them about [after the game] was how do we make sure over a seven-inning game we do not lose that aggressiveness? We are kind of that team right now.” The Coach continued, “When things are going good, we are going good and we will roll and we will look like a very good baseball team. But when things start to go bad, where things do not go your way, which is high school baseball, we fold immediately. That was full effect [against Deerfield]. You saw kids get beat, stuff did not go their way and then we folded.”
Kits starting pitcher Noah, who pitched into the fourth inning, seemed to be pitching well until the Warriors scored five unearned runs in the bottom half of the fourth, all coming with two outs. Coach Consiglio said of Noah, “He knows how to pitch. He does a really nice job on the mound. But [against Deerfield], he lost his aggressiveness and he did not attack.” The Coach continued, “He will be there for us. He is a competitor, but [against Deerfield] we did not see that. We need to get him more aggressive in the zone, more aggressive getting after hitters and make sure we end innings and at bats as quick as we can.”
With the defeat, the Kits fell to 6-8 overall. When asked how the season is going so far, Coach Consiglio said, “Hot and cold. Some good, some bad. It is a sign of a younger team. They are great kids and great learners and they really work hard. But that is not enough. We have got to find a path and find a way where we play some consistent baseball. We are the ultimate hot and cold team right now. You come see us one day and you see us the next, if you did not see Evanston on the uniform, you would not know it was us. We just have to find a way to become more consistent.”
Next up, the Kits were set to take on Maine East on April 15. Regarding that game, Coach Consiglio said, “They have a lot of pitching over there. They do a lot of things well. We are going to have to be aggressive, we are going to have to compete, and play seven innings.” The Coach continued, “One of the qualities that I think my team demonstrates through the years is to play seven innings and compete the entire way. And we have not figured that out as a group right now. So we got to find a way to compete, we got to find a way to understand we are not going to play perfect baseball and we are going to make mistakes, but we can come back from those.”
After the Maine East matchup, the Kits have a home and home series with Glenbrook South on April 16 and 18 followed by a matchup with Niles West on April 23 in Evanston.