“It’s going to be tough,” Mundy’s Mill coach Patrick Smith said. “This is just a tough region. We are going to have to come out and be mentally ready to play. It’s not an easy schedule. I don’t care where you play.”
The Tigers began their four-games-in-a-week trek on March 12 against Creekside followed by contests with Drew, Arabia Mountain and Starr’s Mill on each of the next three days.
“We probably shouldn’t have done it,” Smith said. “Hindsight is always 20-20.”
Mundy’s Mill defeated Creekside and Drew before falling to Arabia Mountain and region opponent Starr’s Mill. The game against Arabia Mountain was added to the schedule after Redan had to cancel, and was an opportunity for the starters to rest.
“That was a game to get guys who don’t start everyday the opportunity to get some playing time,” Smith said.
Unfortunately, the Tigers were held hitless by Jacobi Meyers and Eugene Mabota in the five-inning finale.
Then last Friday, controversy played a part in keeping Mundy’s Mill from bouncing back.
“We were very competitive,” Smith said. “It was a 3-0 game in the third inning then we had two calls that were reversed that really changed the momentum of the game. They are a pretty good team but they are not nine runs better than us.”
The Tigers are scheduled to host Starr’s Mill on April 15.
While last week may have been challenging for the young Tigers, who have just one senior on the roster compared to eight last season, it should prepare them for what is scheduled to occur the rest of this month.
“We want to be competitive and we have been,” Smith said. “Teams better get us this year because next year we will be one of the top dogs.”
Next Monday, Mundy’s Mill hosts Union Grove, visits Mt. Zion on Wednesday and Forest Park on Friday, and hosts Lovejoy on Saturday.
“There are no advantages,” Smith said. “I think all the teams are even. I think if we are on and hitting the baseball, we can stack up against any team in this region.”
Finishing first in the region is always a goal, but Smith said the team’s major focus is to win 18 games and return to the playoffs.