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Baseball’s rough patch continues at JeffCo

April 08, 2013

HILLSBORO, Mo. - St. Louis Community College head baseball coach Tony Dattoli said he was at a loss for words and had a lot of questions to be answered after the Archers dropped a doubleheader to the Jefferson College (JeffCo) Vikings on Thursday, April 4.

"We're still striking out at an ungodly rate, not making adjustments at the plate," Dattoli said. "(Archers are) not playing well. They're playing uninspired baseball. I don't see any motivation there - I don't see any motivation on the field. It's very disheartening as a coach. I've been in this a long, long time. This is probably the roughest run I've had in my coaching career."

The Vikings swept STLCC and knocked the Archers' record to 13-17 (6-8 in Region XVI). JeffCo, who was the NJCAA Division I World Series runner-up in 2011 and '12, held the Archers to just 2 runs over the two games. The Archers are now fourth in the Region behind Crowder College, Mineral Area College and JeffCo, respectively.

In Game 1, STLCC was down 3-0 in the top of the third when freshman catcher Kyle Nuetzel (Francis Howell HS) swung at the first pitch of the inning and took it over the left-field wall for a solo home run - the first of his collegiate career - to put the Archers on the board. JeffCo continued to pile on runs on the Archers pitching as the 7-inning game got away from STLCC, 8-1.

In Game 2, the Archers tied up the game at 1 each in the top of the fourth as freshman shortstop Enrique Finol (St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla.) scored on a passed ball after stealing a base. Unfortunately, the Vikings struck for 3 runs in the bottom of the fourth, and the Archers couldn't claw back into the game. STLCC lost 9-1 in 8 innings.

Dattoli said he feels most of the blame for the struggles of the team in 2013. STLCC has been outscored 54-46 in Region XVI play, but 31 of the Archers' runs came in a four-game sweep of Three Rivers College from March 14-16.

"It's a tough one," Dattoli said. "This is college baseball. There's a reason these guys are here on this level. They've already exemplified and shown that they can play at this level. Maybe I've lost my touch. Maybe this is on me. We're playing unenthused baseball. We're not performing and playing at the expectations that I know these guys have for themselves individually. Especially as a team, the expectations are high. It's one of two things - maybe the expectations are too high, or maybe, you always talk about maximizing your talent, and maybe I'm not getting to them."

Before the doubleheader at JeffCo, STLCC split a twin bill at Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) in Belleville, Ill., on Tuesday, April 2. The Archers took a 9-5 lead into the bottom of the seventh against SWIC, but STLCC surrendered 5 runs in the inning to drop Game 1 10-9.

STLCC found some offense in Game 2 as the Archers used a 6-run fourth inning to take down the Blue Storm 7-6. Freshman outfielder Tanner Kemna (Blair Oaks HS) went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs in Game 2.

The Archers and JeffCo will go back at it again in another doubleheader, this time at Heine Meine Field on Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m.