“The kids didn’t show up to play on Tuesday,” TC head coach Will Ramos said. “They made a lot of errors. This week, we took some days off just to try to get their minds off bad we played. We are just getting back today and focused on stuff where we made some errors. We had a good practice today, so I feel very good. The kids look rested and look like they are ready to play tomorrow.”
Ramos believes that giving his team a few days off will pay off on the field today. TC swept Rust College last season. TC outscored Rust College 59-0.
“We really had a good show over there,” Ramos said. “Hopefully, we will have a good show tomorrow when they come back here.”
The Tornadoes (14-9) will put the ball in the hands of their ace Ryne Drummonds and Jeff Poole. Drummonds enters today’s game with a 3-2 record.
The former Sylacauga standout has an ERA of 1.38. In his last outing against Edward Waters, Drummonds earned a no decision and he had an ERA of 4.05 in 6.2 innings of action off the mound. Drummonds has held batters to a .177 batting average. He leads the team with 34 strikeouts and he has only walked 11 batters out of 141 batters faced.
Poole only has 20 innings of work this season, but he has been effective.
The West Monroe, La. native has a 2-0 record with an ERA of 3.54. In 77 batters faced, he has only allowed 16 hits, eight walks, eight earned runs, while striking out 15 batters. Poole has held teams to a .208 batting average.
“I have No.1 going and my No.2 going,” Ramos said. “Hopefully, it will be a good day defensive-wise behind them.”
The Tornadoes were outscored 23-3 in their two game series with Auburn University in Montgomery on Tuesday. TC had nine hits in the first game and left 10 batters on base. In the second game, TC only had five hits and left six runners on base. Defensively, TC committed 12 errors in two games, including nine in the first game.
“At this point, we have been hitting the ball very well,” he said. “Defense is the one part of the team that we are struggling with right now. We did good for 11 games and I don’t what happened, but we went back to the way we played in the beginning of the year. Hopefully, we fixed them and it will show tomorrow.”
Ramos hopes that his team takes both games against Rust College, so they have some momentum before playing a grueling nine games in a week.
“I think tomorrow is very important,” Ramos said. “We have two games tomorrow and it is going to be wet. We are preparing the field right now. Tomorrow is very important for us to get two wins and for us to start playing better going into next week. We have in five days nine games, so we have to take advantage and play good tomorrow, so it will carry on the rest of the week.”
Ramos hopes that the community comes out to support the Tornadoes on Saturday. TC has a 9-4 record at home and Ramos believes the crowd plays a huge role in their victories.
The opening pitch of the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m.
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