Smith-Cotton baseball returned home from action at the Kickapoo Tournament in Springfield for a doubleheader against Center and defeated the Yellowjackets 18-2 in game one and 16-4 in game two.
That fine defense of Dey Field and Liberty Park follows their second road trip in as many weeks. And while the competition has been exciting, the trips have given an already close group an opportunity to grow closer.
“It’s a great opportunity to build a little team cohesion,” head coach Jud Kindle said about the recent road trip to Springfield.
Even when the Tigers aren’t playing their best — Noah Aziere said their 6-4 win at Glendale was a bad day — the group is “having a blast,” on the road.
“It’s a road trip feeling,” Aziere said of the March trip to Orlando. “(You are) just in a beautiful place, playing your favorite game, with some of your best friends. It’s awesome.”
The Tigers, however, are having more good days than bad. Chase Plymell, who Kindle said “went off” in Florida, is a prime example.
Plymell said he is playing with confidence.
“Down in Florida I went down there knowing I could do this,” Plymell said. “I can trust my abilities and I would be okay.”
The Tigers host the West Central Missouri Classic starting Wednesday.
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