AUBURN – The Auburn baseball team has been able to jump on opponents with early runs and base runners in the first inning through the early part of the spring season, but the Bulldogs only came up with one hit against Branched Oak in a 4-0 loss on Tuesday.
Auburn struggled to hit gaps and the Branched Oak pitching threw them off in only their second loss of the year, according to third-year head coach Mike Henrichs.
The Bulldogs (4-2) will try to relight their fire against southeast Nebraska rival Falls City (4-5) on Thursday afternoon at Tushla Field in Auburn. The Tigers defeated the Bulldogs on March 27, 11-1.
Henrichs says the lack of fear for failure has been a big emphasis for the ball club this season.
“Going back to last night’s (Tuesday) game in Malcolm (vs. Branched Oak), I think that kind of came back a little bit. We were afraid to be the person who could not execute. Getting back to that mentality, I think, is going to help us out a lot. That young leadership, Kyson (Warner) among many other guys, really stepped up this year. Being those guys that we need: the vocal leaders and the guys that are kind of leading by example.”
Auburn is a young team and Henrichs will rely on a lot of players with little to no varsity experience through the rest of the season. The Bulldogs return six starters from last year’s 3-13 team: John Kinnaman, Noah Wynn, Zach Dickerson, Seth Zimmerman, Branden Lavigne and Kyson Warner.
First pitch between Auburn and Falls City on Thursday is scheduled for 4:30 and will air live on B103 (103.1 FM and B103.fm).
Falls City at Auburn
When: 4:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Tushla Field, Auburn
Radio: 103.1 FM, b103.fm
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