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Ingram: Tigers need senior leadership

With a fairly young team and four games into the 2011 season, Red Level head baseball coach Tony Ingram said he’s still looking for leadership on his team.

The Tigers started their season with losses to Opp and Florala, and fell 10-4 to Pleasant Home Tuesday night.

In all contests, Ingram said the mental aspect of the game got to his players.

“We’ve got to understand somewhere in the game, something bad is going to happen against us,” Ingram said. “This is a game of momentum surges. We’ve got to get mentally tough enough to overcome those errors.

“It’s a mental game more than any other game you play,” he said. “You’ve got to let stuff go. I’m very proud of our effort at times. I don’t think we’re as focused as we need to be. You’ve got to be intense when you’re playing. I want to see more of that. I’m searching for leaders.”

This season, the Tigers will play in Class 2A, Area 2 with Elba, New Brockton, Samson and Zion Chapel.

The last team Red Level played any of its area teams was in a tournament last year against Elba, Ingram said.

“New Brockton and Samson were in our area years ago,” he said. “They are good baseball teams.”

When asked how the team prepares for an opponent it hasn’t seen in a while, Ingram said he has to go by word of mouth.

“You scout them the best you can,” he said. “That’s just about all you can do at this point.

“You play these early games to get ready for the area, and that’s all you can do.”

Red Level is comprised of three seniors and four juniors on the varsity squad, all with a few years of playing experience.

“We’re relatively young as far as experience goes,” Ingram said. “Some kids have played for years.”

The seniors are Tyler Paulk, Richard Chauvin and Nick Nolen.

Like any other baseball team, Red Level’s main goal is to play in Montgomery at the state tournament in May, Ingram said.

“The goals under that are to win the area championship, get in the playoffs and have a winning record,” he said. “Above all else, I want to see us progress every week, and get better as the season goes.”