Gene Taylor’s legion team cools down, loses 11-2

After weeks of hot hitting, Gene Taylor’s American Legion baseball team cooled off on Sunday, losing an 11-2 game to NorCal Valley at Sparks High School in Sparks, Nev.

Steven Baldwin started on the mound for Gene Taylor’s and went 2 2/3 innings, allowing four hits, seven runs — five of them earned — walked four and hit two batters.

Casey Burns went 2 for 3 with two singles, raising his average well above .400, said Gene Taylor’s coach David Jahnke.

“We moved him to the No. 2 hole and he’s flourished in that role,” Jahnke said.

Also for Gene Taylor’s (11-7), Tristan Lafferty went 1 for 3 with an RBI, Evan McDermott was 1 for 3 with an RBI and Marcus Werth was 1 for 3 with a stolen base.

But Gene Taylor’s aggressiveness was not present against NorCal, Jahnke said.

“We let a lot of first-pitch strikes go by,” Jahnke said. “Our philosophy is if a first-pitch fastball is in the zone, I don’t care whether it’s inside, outside, up, down — if it’s in the zone, take a hack at it.”

Instead, Jahnke said, the hitters were was passive and Gene Taylor’s was down 4-0 after two innings.

“It was kind of frustrating because we had hit the ball so well,” Jahnke said.

Gene Taylor’s next plays at Montrose on Friday with 20 games remaining in its season.


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