After last Saturday night’s 12-5 drubbing at the hands of the Colorado Cyclones, the coaching staff of the Wellington Heat huddled in the dugout to discuss the early season performance of the squad’s pitchers.
     Owner/Head Coach Rick Twyman was quick to bring the entire team onto the fault side of the ledger but it was clear the pitching staff was coming under scrutiny for the run-totals in each game of the infant season.
    With the exception of a 2-1 win over the Denver Cougars  a week ago, the Heat have surrendered 13 runs while scoring 14 the next night in a win over the Cougars, seven in a 7-6 loss to Cheney, and eight runs in a thrilling 9-8 walk off win over the Cyclones the night before the drubbing in question.
    “We are not pitching it right now,” Twyman said Saturday night after the game. The head coach then obliged Assistant Coach/pitching coach, Kyle Vail, to give some insight on the staff at this juncture of the season.
    “It’s all about throwing strikes while not being too fine around the strike zone,” coach Vail said. “We’ve surrendered a bunch of walks and that puts the infield back on their heels.” Which would go to the explanation of the disturbing amount of errors the Heat have committed.
      Friday’s loss saw nine Cyclone hitters walk to first base. In the 9-8 win the night before there were eight walks given up by Heat pitchers. “Eight walks in the game and we still win,” Twyman pondered. “That won’t happen too often.”
     The base-on-balls fever struck the Cyclones pitchers as well in Friday’s Heat win, especially in the last two innings. Four walks were issued sandwiched around an eighth inning homer and two ninth inning errors that led to infielder Garrett Allen’s game winning base hit.
    Last Wednesday’s victory over the Denver Cougars was one for the books. The Heat went into the bottom of the ninth down 13-11.  Cade Carter smacked a one-out homer to pull his team with-in one run and a walk, a single and a few wild pitches later, Mason Brinkley’s game winning base-hit sent the stands and fans into delirium.
    Sunday night’s 7-5 win, the fourth match-up of the young season against Cheney, was not as close as the score would seem, with the Diamond Dawgs scoring a couple of runs in the late innings. But Ryan Jeffers and Coach Vail’s Southwest Christian team member Andrew Stole, put the fire out for the Heat to preserve the win.
    The Heat began a Home/Away series with the Park City Rangers Tuesday night at Hibbs-Hooten Stadium and will travel to Park City to face the Rangers Wednesday. It’s off to Clearwater Thursday and then back home to Hibbs-Hooten to face the Pipeliners of McPherson Friday night. Clearwater returns the favor Saturday at the Stadium and Park City closes out the weekend with a Sunday night visit.
    All games begin at 7:05.
5/29---Heat 2  Cougars 1
5/30---Heat 14  Cougars 13
5/31---Diamond Dawgs 7  Heat 6
6/1---Heat 9  Cyclones 8
6/2---Cyclones 12  Heat 5
6/3---Heat 7  Diamond Dawgs 5