Getting better every day

Published 12:04 am Saturday, March 19, 2011

LBWCC's David Carter swings at the plate in an earlier game this season. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Up next for the LBWCC Saints in conference play is a doubleheader today against Enterprise State Community College in Enterprise.

But on Friday, LBWCC’s baseball team was focusing solely on getting better, head coach Steve Helms said.

“I haven’t been concerned with our opponent,” Helms said by telephone. “I’ve been concerned on working on our mistakes, and correcting our mistakes.

“We’re getting better every day,” he said.

The Saints sit at 9-12 overall and are 2-4 in conference play. After today’s doubleheader, the Saints will play host to Central Alabama Tuesday.

Helms said the main problem with the team lately has to do with consistency from the plate to the mound.

“Right now when we pitch, we don’t hit, and when we hit, we don’t pitch,” he said. “That’s a sign of youth, but the kids are working very, very hard, and we’re close to putting it all together.”

Helms said probable starters for LBWCC on the mound are going to be sophomore lefty Chris Barrentine for the first game, and freshman righty Chad Wallace for the second game.

Establishing good defense on the mound will be the main key in today’s games, Helms said.

“They’ll get established two to three good innings to get our offense going (today),” he said.

If the Saints sweep Enterprise State, they’ll have a .500 conference record at 4-4.

Helms said this is where he thought the team would be record-wise with so many young players.

“They’re finding their adjustments and speed at this game,” Helms said. “It takes time, and it’s a major jump from high school to college.

“If we get to 4-4 with a predominantly freshmen group, then we’re on the right path,” he said.

Lastly, Helms said the whole team has been working hard.

“The kids are really working,” he said. “We’re making progress. We all want to make the major jump on the progress. Of course, it’s a process.

“You’ve got to take baby steps to get to the big steps,” he said. “I’m very proud of where we’re at.”

The first pitch today is at noon.