Rams seek to rebound after losses

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 17, 2010



EDGARD – With three games remaining, West St. John hopes to turn its fortunes around.

The Rams lost three games this week and have lost four straight overall, falling Thursday to Christian Life, 11-7, Wednesday to White Castle, 13-11, and Tuesday to Ascension Catholic, 16-3.

Austin Howard led the Rams against Christian Life (11-10, 6-3), going 3-for-4 at the plate.

West St. John (7-10, 2-8) coach Lennix Madere credited Devon Jackson with pitching a strong game, but said that West St. John continued some defensive woes in the field.

“Even the umpires talked about how well he pitched after the game,” said Madere. “But its those same mistakes, those dropped fly balls, a few bad throws.

“Devon pitched a great game, but those errors hurt.”

Madere said the same problems haunted the team against White Castle (8-7, 5-4) and Ascension Catholic (19-7, 9-0) and hopes to pinpoint where the issues are coming from before next week’s three game set: a home game with Ascension Catholic before road games at East Iberville and Ecole Classique. The first two contests will be district matchups.

WSJ beat East Iberville 16-9 in their first matchup, and defeated Ecole Classique 12-1 earlier this year.

Barry Hanson and Kenneth Taylor each hit home runs against Ascension Catholic.

The Rams are currently ranked No. 28 in the Class 1A power rankings.

“We’ve still got a good chance of getting in,” said Madere. “But we need to fix a few things.”