by Steve Batko | Correspondent
With only one starter gone from last year's Streetsboro baseball team, head coach Chris Scisciani is thinking that his squad should been ahead of where it is after two games this spring.
However, the Rockets' skipper knows an 0-2 start isn't a much of a sampling.
Plus, like any other baseball team in the area, Streetsboro is just looking to get quality field time to practice or play.
The most recent loss, a 6-3 setback to Windham (2-1) April 5, left a sour taste in the coach's mouth. It was part of the David Starkey Memorial Classic at Kent State University.
The Rockets answered a 1-0 deficit in the first inning by plating three runs for a lead the entire game until the bottom of the seventh inning when the Bombers pushed across four runs.
Down 3-2, Windham stole the victory as the Rockets committed three of their five errors in the inning. Streetsboro outhit Windham 6-3.
"It was a frustrating loss and it was to a team that we should have beaten," Scisciani said. "We have only been outside a few times and our fielding really hurt us. We had fielding errors and throwing errors, plus we need to throw strikes."
The other loss came in the season opener at Ravenna April 1 as the Rockets failed to produce with runners in scoring position in a 4-2 loss.
Senior pitcher Austin Szemacs pitched fairly well against Windham and took the loss as junior Ricky Delambo came in for relief in the fifth frame.
Junior shortstop Chase Galinsky had a first-inning two-run double in the first inning and senior center fielder Alex Bison had a hit, and also slammed a ball about 305 feet to the warning track in right field for a long out.
Brady Russel got the win for Windham, which got clutch hits from Brad Kowalski (two runs batted in, a double and a run scored) and Andy Harvey (two RBIs and a run scored).
Scisciani knew his offense may lag in the early season, but he doesn't want his team to struggle to produce runs like the young Rockets did a year ago.
Through two games, Streetsboro has struggled with runners in scoring position. The Rockets stranded five base runner in the first two innings against Ravenna.
"We knew our hitting may be behind a little, but we have struggled, especially with runners on base," Scisciani said.
"Alex Bison is hitting the ball well, but we just need to figure a few things out."
In the season opener, it was veteran Ravenna right-hander Jerry Nightingale who stymied Streetsboro.
He took a shutout into the sixth and the Rockets managed three hits, while the Ravens pounded out 12 hits as Delambo took the loss.
Weston Willyard singled three times and drove in three to pace the Ravens, while Shane Polidoro had three singles and an RBI.
"Ricky didn't have his best pitches going, but he battled on the mound," Scisciani said.
Bison and Szemacs each had a hit, a run scored and a stolen base.
Streetsboro was scheduled to host PTC County Division foe Rootstown April 8. Results were not available at press time.
The Rockets are scheduled to visit Rootstown April 9 at 4:15 p.m.
Streetsboro is set to visit Steubenville for a doubleheader April 12. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.
The Rockets are set to visit County Division rival Southeast April 14 before returning home to play Southeast April 15. Both contests are scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.