ANDERSON — The Anderson baseball team hoped for a fresh start Saturday at Memorial Field. Instead the Indians' growing pains continued.
Connersville (7-5) swept a doubleheader by scores of 3-2 and 15-4, extending Anderson's losing streak to three games and dropping its overall record to 3-8.
"I'm really disappointed in the play of some of our kids," Tribe coach Terry Turner said. "We're just not executing, and it's the fundamental stuff."
The latter cost the Indians during a crucial moment in Game 1. With one out and pinch-runners on first and third in the sixth inning, the trail runner attempted to steal second base. He went into the bag standing up and was easily thrown out.
The runner at third believed it was the final out of the inning and began walking toward the dugout. He quickly was called back to the base but had removed his helmet while the ball was in play and was called out automatically to end the frame.
If either runner had scored, the game would have been tied.
"One guy didn't slide, and the other didn't know how many outs there were," Turner said. "There's no excuse. Did it cost us the game? It cost us an opportunity to get back into the game."
The pinch-runners were far from alone.
The Indians were charged with seven fielding errors and struck out 13 times in Game 2. The latter total prevented the Tribe from taking advantage of nine walks. Anderson left 13 runners on base, including 10 in scoring position.
"Before we got the first out (in a three-run first inning), we made five mental errors," Turner said. "That's my fault. I'm not doing a good enough job of teaching the fundamentals. I don't know what the excuse is."
Both games turned on an early homer by the Spartans.