Pirates will open district against Natalia

The Lytle Pirates had a rough last week in baseball after facing La Vernia and competing in the South Texas Slugfest. The Pirates still have one more tournament and one more game before district starts on March 15th against Natalia.
Tuesday night against La Vernia, the Pirates fell 0-16. “In the game of baseball, there are things you try to avoid that we call ‘freebie’. On defense, these are errors, walks, and stolen bases. On offense, these are strikeouts. Last night, we gave La Vernia too many ‘freebies’. They outplayed us in these categories and the score is the result. We learned quite a bit about ourselves from this game. Our schedule is a tough one this year. We set it up that way in order to raise our expectations of what it means to be ‘a good team’. Last night, we found out what happens when you give ‘a good team’ extra chances throughout the entire game,” said Coach Bryan Bippert. Top highlight of the game was Justin Deleon and Colin Wood who were both 1 for 2 at the plate.
Thursday at the South Texas Slugfest in Hondo, the Pirates faced San Antonio Brackenridge and San Antonio Holmes. Lytle scored 2 runs against Brackenridge but lost 2-16. Also falling to Holmes 1-11, the Pirates “are learning quite a bit about our team in these losses. Progress was made between game 1 and game 2. Our communication is getting better. Our preparation is getting better,” added Coach Bippert.
Saturday was a new day for the Pirates when they faced Corpus Christi Winn and Hondo. No stats or data was provided for the Winn game. Lytle fell to Hondo 6-7 in their final game on Saturday.
This week the Pirates faced Pleasanton on Tuesday and will head to Balance/Johnson City for a tournament. March 15th in Natalia, the Pirates will open district and their next home game is March 22nd against Poteet.
By Dicy Chambers
Sports Writer