Pleasant Home tumbles in playoffs to Blacksher
Pleasant Home ended its season Friday in the second round of the Class 1A state playoffs in Uriah, falling to J.U. Blacksher 6-5 and 9-2.
Head baseball coach Bradley Stephens said his team “hit” the ball well against J.U. Blacksher, but errors became a factor in the first game’s loss.
“The only thing I remember that stands out in my mind is that we had six errors in the first game, and they had six runs,” Stephens said. “We hit the ball really well in the first game and the bats kind of cooled off a little bit.”
Pleasant Home’s Josh Godwin hit a solo home run in the first game and Fernando Torres hit a solo homer in the second game.
“That was really about it,” Stephens said. “We had the bases loaded two times, and we weren’t able to put a run in. We had plenty of opportunities and just couldn’t ever capitalize.”
On the season overall, Stephens said it was a pleasure to be able to coach this year’s team.
“It was a wonderful season,” he said. “Like I told the boys, it was a wonderful ride and I felt like we came up short. We had a great team and I just enjoyed each moment of it.
“We had a phenomenal team with great pitching,” he said. “The bats came alive and we started hitting the baseball right before playoffs. It’s just a shame things didn’t work out. I think the wind kind of played a big factor in the game against Blacksher.”
One thing that Stephens said played a contributing factor this season was the team’s “faith.”
“God has really blessed the team and allowed us to get as far as we did,” Stephens said. “It was a great season. I hate the way it ended the way it did and where it ended. We made it farther than a lot of other teams in the state.
“So, that’s the thing I’m just staying focused on right now,” he said. “Trying to look at the game and look how far we went and continue to keep doing what we’re doing.”
Pleasant Home ended with a 20-9 overall record.