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Archers Drop First Three on the Diamond

February 20, 2012

When an opportunity to get three games under his team’s collective belt presented itself last week, head coach Tony Dattoli pounced. Unfortunately, the Archers were unable to seize equally golden opportunities to come out of their season-opening series with Des Moines Area College with a victory. The Archers were swept away by the Bears, falling on Saturday 9-5, before dropping a doubleheader Sunday by scores of 5-4 and 17-11.

Each half of the doubleheader represented chances for STLCC, as the Archers took a 4-3 lead into the seventh in the opener, and watched an early 6-2 lead evaporate in game two.

Among the bright spots for the Archers was sophomore left fielder Mike Ehrhard. In Sunday’s doubleheader, Ehrhard drove in five runs on three hits, including a go-ahead two-run home run in game one. Dattoli deployed 10 different pitchers over two games Sunday, with varied degrees of success.

Despite being unable to pick up a victory this weekend, there remains room for silver lining this early in the year.

“Early in the season, the more at-bats you get, the better off you’re going to be,” Dattoli said. “The way our schedule plays out, these are games we kind of had to take advantage of. We had to schedule them because we play February 28, and between February 28 and March 17, we play 15 out of 17 days. It was beneficial for us to be able to get quality at-bats, quality innings on the mound. Now that we’ve seen everything at game speed, we have nine days to try to get things figured out.”

With that time period, Dattoli will get an opportunity to reset his rotation, which is headed up by right-handers Andrew Reidt and Eric Tiefenthaler. Tiefenthaler fared the best of the Archers’ three starters this weekend, as he allowing three runs in four innings of work, earning a no-decision.

This weekend’s games, which were not originally scheduled, became a possibility when Des Moines Area College was snowed out of its games this week in Nebraska.

Up next for the Archers is Southwestern Illinois College on Feb. 28.