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Archers Finish Tough Week with Sweep at Hands of Crowder

April 02, 2012

James Sharp takes the throw at second base.  
The Archers' James Sharp turns to put the tag on a Crowder runner in Sunday's doubleheader  loss to Crowder at Heine Meine Field. The Archers return to action Tuesday (April 3) as they host a doubleheader against Mineral Area College at Heine Meine Field.














There are no moral victories at this point in the season.

After watching his team position itself to rally and overtake Crowder College on numerous occasions, only to see those chances foiled, Archers head coach Tony Dattoli could take no solace in close calls.

“It’s just frustration at this point in the game,” Dattoli said. “There are too many situations where we’re watching strike three or too many situations where we’re not making adjustments at the plate and striking out. It’s very frustrating.”

Sophomore left-hander Cody Kennedy (Patton, Mo.) got the ball for the Archers in the opener, pitching 6 2/3 innings while being touched up for 11 runs in a 12-1 defeat. Kennedy deserved better, however.

Cody Kennedy  
Mineral Area hitters roughed up Archer left-hander Cody
Kennedy for 11 runs in STLCC's 12-1 loss in the first of two games
Sunday at Heine Meine Field.

After allowing runs in the second and third innings, Kennedy settled in before the Roughriders scored eight runs with two outs in the seventh inning.

Sophomore left-hander Mike Krumm (Lutheran South) had a similar outing in Game 2, as he allowed four runs early before shutting out Crowder for the final four innings in a complete-game effort. Similar to Game 1, Krumm’s early struggles ended up being the Archers’ undoing. Playing from behind all game, STLCC’s only production offensively came in the fourth inning, when they plated three runs with only one out recorded, but left the bases loaded to end the inning.

The Archers would not reach the plate in the final three innings, falling 4-3. The early struggles on the mound and missed opportunities at the plate were again the difference.

“Everything starts on the mound, and when you start off a game giving them extra hitters, extra at-bats and soft runs early, it’s tough as a position player to always feel like you have to produce,” Dattoli said. ”Obviously, we always have to produce, but when you start behind the eight-ball, it’s tough to get relaxed and kind of settle in.”

Settling in has proven difficult for the Archers since leaving town for spring break. After reaching a season-best seven games over .500, the Archers have struggled to a 7-14 mark in their last 21 games. The Archers closed out March with a doubleheader sweep of St. Charles Community College (March 29) and then split a twinbill with Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods (March 31).

The losses to Crowder dropped the Archers to 17-17 on the year. The Roughriders, winners of eight of their last nine, improved to 26-9. Up next for STLCC is a doubleheader Tuesday against MCCAC foe Mineral Area  College. Action begins at 5 p.m. at Aviation Field in Forest Park.