In the week since North’s baseball team returned from its Myrtle Beach spring break trip with a 3-3 record, the Rangers have won four straight games, including two key Western Reserve Conference matchups, and have outscored their opponents, 64-12.
Tuesday’s 11-4 win over visiting Madison improved the Rangers’ record to 7-3 overall and 2-0 in the WRC. The Rangers also extended their win streak to five games.
“For us these league games are just as important as a playoff game,” said Charlie Finucan, who was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one run batted in. “We look to go into every game with the same approach and doing that against a conference team and succeeding is our goal as a team. The WRC competition is great and that alone has helped me dial in at the plate and has allowed me to see the ball very well during the time. I look at every at bat as an opportunity to help my team and in the WRC I try to make those at bats count.”
Finucan is now 5-for-7 (.714) in two conference games and is batting .457 overall.
Tyler Nagorski had just one hit in the win but it was a big one.
His one out double with two runners on in the bottom of the third gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead.
“This was a big conference game for us and we were all ready for this one,” Nagorski said. “I came up to the plate only thinking fastball and there on the second pitch was an inside fastball, which is where I turned my hips and kept my hands inside. The ball felt great coming off the bat and felt that my hit was the start to a huge rally throughout the game. When I’m in these situations I try to be as confident as possible and stay calm and when the ball came off the bat it felt great. I’m going to try to do the same thing tomorrow at Madison and hopefully we come out with the same attitude.”
Zack Mitchell, who reached on an error, and Kenny Streb, who singled, scored on Nagorski’s hit.
Madison scored three runs on four singles and a walk in the top of the fourth off North starter Jake Arrison.
Those were the only runs the Blue Streaks could muster off Arrison, who improved to 4-0 on the year.
“The key has been throwing strikes and letting them hit it instead of trying to overpower everyone and trust in my defense,” Arrison said of his early success. “I just play my game and good things happen.”
He also shook off the rough inning and didn’t allow one rally carry over into the next inning.
“I regained my focus by just trying to relax and take a deep breath and say the errors aren’t a big deal,” Arrison said. “I had to overcome them and tell myself if it was hit to them again I know they will get it. I just had to relax and overcome it.”
The Rangers got their bats going in the bottom half of the inning when Jack Piascik and Mitchell singled and scored to put North back on top, 4-3.
North added three more in the fifth.
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