GENOA – Tuesday afternoon’s 7-2 loss to Burlington Central dropped Genoa-Kingston’s record to 2-5 and 1-1 in the Big Northern Conference East Division.
On the surface, it looks like another tough loss in another rough season for G-K. The Rockets (4-2, 3-0 BNC East) took advantage of early walks to score seven runs in the first three-plus innings before Danny Hansen came on in relief and threw four scoreless frames.
However, the Cogs feel like this season will be different in Genoa. The record doesn’t look sharp, but first-year coach Anson Ellis said his team has suffered two one-run losses and another two-run defeat.
“We’re in close games,” said senior third baseman Ben Rabe, who had one of the Cogs’ five hits Tuesday. “We just need to find whatever that is to get over the hump and win close games.”
To Ellis, Tuesday’s pitching performance was an aberration. He doesn’t feel his staff is deep, but feels the pitching is solid when his hurlers throw strikes.
“Our pitching, when we’re on, has been outstanding,” he said. “When we throw strikes we’ve been very, very good. The amount of runs we’ve given up has been very good.”
Rabe said he feels like the team is comfortable with Ellis at the helm. Pretty much all of the Cogs’ roster played for Ellis in the past. He was G-K’s sophomore coach from 2009 to 2011.
“We were all real excited when we heard that he got to job. We knew what to expect and I think we were really all excited,” Rabe said. “I think it’s all gone the way we’ve envisioned it going. Not necessarily with wins and losses, but the way the program is run and everything, I think was just exactly how we thought it would be.”
Ellis said the team knew what his expectations would be, and Ellis expects victories.
“Our expectations are we expect to win. I don’t think we’re going to blow teams out,” he said. “But we’ve got the pitching and I think we’ve got the athletes that we can keep games close. And if we limit our mistakes, we’re going to win a lot of those close games.”