LUZERNE - After an excruciating dry spell so far this season, the North Warren baseball team apparently discovered their mojo in their 5-4 victory Monday over Hadley-Luzerne.
Cougar pitcher Greg Dower garnered five strikeouts in the same number of innings to set up the win, the first of the season for his team.
"Greg pitched strong innings - he kept the ball down and caused the opponents to hit a lot of ground balls," Cougar coach Jason Humiston said. "Also, we made the defensive plays we needed to."
His batters also slugged eight hits, the most all season.
"Our bats have been quiet, and they came to life last night," Humiston said Tuesday.
The team committed only two errors, rather than far more in prior games this year, Humiston said.
"This game provided a jolt - our players needed some confidence," he said. Humiston also praised Sophomore Kristian Seeley, who was moved around and played third base Monday.
"Seeley did a terrific job on defense," Humiston said. "He had a critical role in five plays with no errors."
Humiston said the players had come a long way in several weeks, and now were competitive, rather than getting "blown out" of games by a lopsided score.
The start of the season was ugly. The cougars were defeated 15-1 on April 1 by Schroon Lake, 17-2 by Fort Edward on April 12, 12-0 by Corinth on April 13, and 18-4 by Salem on Friday.
Humiston said Monday's game against Hadley-Luzerne appeared to be the start of a new trend for the season.
"But we've got to stay consistent," Humiston warned. "We know we've got to put numbers on the scoreboard to offset any mistakes we make on the field."